Our Work

Delivering excellence in social development consultancy and research

Security, Justice and Peacebuilding

Why we work on security, justice and peacebuilding 

Stable and secure environments are essential for social development to flourish.  Violent conflicts and their aftermath inhibit and prevent development on a number of levels; disrupting education and health services, creating food insecurity, and damaging local economies.  Social Development Direct believes in supporting people to find nonviolent solutions to conflict and routes to lasting peace, in order that communities and individuals can feel safe and secure.   

Our approach

We work on both the supply and demand sides of human security. To us this means freedom from fear and want, and the freedom to live in dignity. We provide support and expertise from a policy level through to grassroots in a number of conflict affected countries with partners including national governments, civil society, the police, the military and the judiciary.

In our work on security, justice and peacebuilding we strongly believe in the importance of local expertise and focus on empowering local communities to find solutions to their conflict challenges.  Conflict sensitivity is at the heart of all of our work and in addition to providing advice and expertise on conflict sensitive approaches we ensure that conflict sensitivity runs through our programming.

At SDDirect we are particularly conscious of the impact of conflict on women, girls and other vulnerable groups. Our experts have vast experience of implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in conflict and post conflict countries and have been responsible for developing the international indicators for monitoring the resolution as well as the development, implementation and evaluation of National Action Plans.

We offer expertise in a range of areas including:

  • Conflict sensitivity approaches and practices
  • Conflict analysis
  • Peacebuilding
  • Women, peace and security
  • Community security
  • Political economy analysis
  • Access to justice and rule of law
  • Mainstreaming social inclusion to security arrangements
  • Security sector reform
  • Disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration

Examples of current and previous work in conflict & peacebuilding:

  • DFID Implementation and Analysis in Action of Accountability Programme (IAAAP) in Somalia, 2015-2019
  • South Sudan Gender Country Profile, International Law & Policy Institute/SIDA, 2015
  • DFID South Sudan Access To Justice Programme, 2014-2018
  • External evaluation for DFID. MoD and FCO of the UK’s National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security, 2014-2017
  • 2014-2016
  • Technical Assistance to support DFID South Sudan’s strategic and political engagement on Police Development (ACPP funded). Review of the Special Protection Units, 2014-2015
  • Evaluation of support to accountable and responsive security and justice programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), DFID, 2014
  • Gender and M&E input on the International Security and Stabilisation Support Strategy (ISSSS) for DRC, DFID, 2014
  • South Sudan Civil Society Fund - Feasibility Study, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, 2014
  • DFID Sierra Leone Access to Security and Justice programme, 2011-2016
  • DFID Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP), 2011-2017
  • Multi-country baseline survey for UN Women’s programme ‘From Communities to Global Security Institutions: Engaging Women in Building Peace and Security’, 2012
  • UNSCR 1325 training for the FCO Stabilisation Unit, 2011
  • DFID Uganda Annual review of the Peace Recovery & Development Programme, 2011