SAINT | Security Sector Development

Based in Europe, SAINT | SSD is a technical assistance facilitator for International Police Crisis Management, Security Sector Governance, and Post-Conflict Development, offering:

  1. subject matter consultancy services;
  2. training facilitation;
  3. field-based evaluation and monitoring; and
  4. capacity-enabling and fact-finding reports, research, and guidelines.


Our focus is the interrelationship between the Security Sector and the society it serves through its approach to Human Security, the Human Terrain, and Human Relations.

  • Human Security is the “what” we seek to achieve, the “freedom from want and fear“, through the sustainable development of all fields of security: economic, food, health, environmental, personal, community, education, and political.
  • The Human Terrain is the “how” – the means of understanding a given target population through Human Geography,  Cultural Intelligence, Socio-Cultural Anthropology, and Geopolitical analysis.
  • Human Relations is the “why” – the strategy of engagement and effective interaction with the target population or organisation.


Collectively these themes contribute towards the holistic interplay between meaningful peace, security and development – and SAINT I SSD’s approach to Security Sector Development.


Areas of Activity

  • International Police Cooperation & Interoperability
  • Rights and Protection
  • Integrity, Transparency, Oversight and Accountability
  • Conflict Management, Risk Mitigation, Security Awareness
  • Human Terrain Analysis
  • Human Relations and Engagement
  • Strategic and Intercultural Communication
  • International Relations, Strategic and Geopolitical Analysis
  • Access to Justice and Complaints Mechanisms


SAINT | SSD’s interdisciplinary expertise derives from academia, governance and “the field”. Our diversity and size allow us to quickly respond to complex technical needs while providing a highly personalised service.

  • cater to need, aspiration and benefit
  • assist with self-sustainable participation, local ownership and self-determination
  • solutions and outcome orientation
  • do no harm principle
  • intergovernmental agencies
  • state security sector
  • state development agencies
  • research institutions
  • non-governmental and civil society organisations (NGOs/CSOs)

To provide a quality, professional and comprehensive service of the highest possible standard.

Ethical, culturally-aware and socially responsible.

Service Ethos:
  • Professionalism
  • Discretion
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Quality
  • Flexibility

Our Director

Simon de Saint-Claire, PhD is a facilitator for International Security Sector Development, centering on security sector reform, international crisis management, and post-conflict development.

A former New Zealand Army Officer, for over a decade Simon sub-contracted to the United Nations Secretariat providing field-based strategic services. Since 2002 he has provided independent field consultancy, facilitation and research to intergovernmental actors, national police authorities, state development agencies, international police missions, technical assistance NGOs, and the Private Security Sector.

Simon has an interdisciplinary academic and research background in Social Science (International Relations, Strategic Studies, Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Human Geography), Human Rights Law, and Democratic Policing.

Dr. Simon de Saint-Claire