SAINT | Security Sector Development

The bigger picture. In today’s globalised world the themes of peace, geopolitical instability, crisis, development, risk, security, corruption and criminality are deeply intertwined.

A poacher illegally hunts protected animals to provide for his family, but his actions may have global implications.

He’s potentially contributing to the organised crime supply chain, perhaps inadvertently helping fund terrorism, contributing to the destruction of endangered species and natural habitats, in turn undermining development projects, and directly impacting communities and their livelihoods.

His actions may take away the very future he seeks to give.

Cause and effect. This is the conundrum of the Security-Development Nexus.


Based in Europe, SAINT | SSD is a technical assistance facilitator for the interrelated themes of Security Sector Governance, International Crisis Management, Risk Mitigation, and Post-Conflict Development.


Our focus relates to people – the Human Dimension – and their interrelationship to Peace and Security. To do so, we make active use of Human Security coordination, Human Terrain analysis, and Human Relations strategies.

  • Human Security is the what we seek to achieve, the “freedom from want, fear, and indignity“, through the sustainable development of all fields of security (as reflected in the UN SDGs).
  • The Human Terrain is the how the means of understanding a given target population through Human Terrain Analysis, Human Geography,  Socio-Cultural Anthropology, and Geopolitical analysis.
  • Human Relations is the who – the strategy of interaction, engagement and effective communication with the target population or organisation.


Collectively these themes contribute towards the holistic interplay between meaningful peace, security and development – and our approach to Security Sector Development.


Areas of Activity

  • International Police Missions, Regional Cooperation and Interoperability
  • [Post-]Conflict Transformation and Peace Building
  • Security Sector Reform
  • Policing, Rights and Protection
  • Integrity, Ethics, and Conduct: Oversight and Accountability
  • International Crisis Management and Risk Mitigation
  • Safety & Security Awareness Training
  • Human Terrain Mapping & Analysis
  • Human Relations: social cohesion and engagement strategies
  • Strategic and Intercultural Communication


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)
  • private sector

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