SAINT | Security Sector Development

Based in Europe, SAINT | SSD is a technical assistance facilitator for the Human Dimension of Security Sector Reform & Governance (SSR&G):

  1. developing and delivering consultancy and capacity training;
  2. field-based facilitation and monitoring;
  3. producing capacity-enabling and fact-finding reports, research,
    and guidelines.


The Security Sector can be defined as the agencies with which states protect their country and maintain public order. The Human Dimension is the interrelationship between the Security Sector and the society it serves through its approach to  Rights, Integrity, Interrelations, Diversity, Interoperability and Communication.

Human Relations are an essential component to the Human Dimension concept

Collectively these themes are aspects of Human Security – the holistic relationship between meaningful peace and development (stability, economic growth, employment, education, health, water, food) – and SAINT | SSD’s approach to International Crisis Management and Security Sector Reform.


Focus Areas:

  • International Missions and Cooperation
  • Rights and Protection
  • Integrity, Transparency, Oversight and Accountability
  • Strategic and Intercultural Communication
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding and Conflict
  • Human Terrain Analysis and Cultural Intelligence
  • Human Relations and Engagement
  • International Relations and Geopolitical Analysis
  • Access to Justice and Complaints Mechanisms



Within SAINT | SSD‘s area of interest, our small, dedicated staff represents a broad range of disciplines and skill sets deriving from both academia and the security sector. Our diversity and size allow us to quickly respond to complex technical needs while providing 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
  • intergovernmental agencies
  • state security sector
  • police and law enforcement authorities
  • 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 the Human Dimension of security sector reform, international crisis management, and post-conflict development – utilising such tools as human terrain analysis, human relations, strategic and intercultural communication, human rights mechanisms and geopolitical research.

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

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

Dr. Simon de Saint-Claire