Security Sector Governance


Research and Analysis

Sahan undertakes continuous monitoring of security developments in its areas of study. Services include:

  • Historical research on local conflicts
  • Political economy assessments of regional armed forces and groups
  • Analytical reports on terror and crime organisations and their affiliates

Security Sector Assessment and Monitoring

Sahan conducts assessments of fragile governments’ security systems, including the composition, competence, and conduct of national forces. Services include:

  • Research and analysis of force composition and conduct
  • Risk management analysis
  • Consequence management

Areas of Engagement

Countering Violent Extremism

Sahan conducts research and analysis on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), with a view to developing innovative strategies and techniques.

  • Assessing political, security and socio-economic dynamics that give rise to violent extremism
  • Identifying, researching and analysing trends and patterns in violent extremism
  • Evaluating current strategies and proposing alternate methods for CVE
Radicalism in Kenya: Assessing community resilience

Sahan conducted a study exploring how key resilience factors have prevented or countered violent extremist activity at the local level.

Violent Extremism and Clan Dynamics in Kenya

Study exploring the relationships between resilience and risk to clan violence and violent extremism in the northeast region of Kenya.


Improvised Explosive Devices & Countermeasures

Sahan conducts research and analysis on Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and strives to implement countermeasures to such threats.
•    Post-blast investigation, exploitation, and analysis of evidence from IEDs
•    Training for IEDD specialists
•    IED threat assessment and risk management strategies
•    Iraq and Syria: Investigating ISIS IED and chemical production

Iraq and Syria: Investigating IED and Chemical Attacks

Sahan works with the Kurdistan Region Security Council to investigate the Islamic State’s use of IEDs and chemical weapons against Kurdish Peshmerga forces

Horn of Africa: IED Threat Assessment

Sahan systematically records all IED events and the Tactic, Technique and Procedure used by Al-Shabaab, and other armed groups in the region in order to provides a technical analysis of the IEDs, analyse their effects, identify latest trends, and recommend counter-measures.

Transnational Security Threats

Sahan works with national governments and international bodies to understand and counter transnational security threats, such as terrorist groups, criminal organisations, weapons proliferation, and migration patterns.

  • Investigating and analysing the activities of transnational terrorist and criminal groups
  • Researching terrorist Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) and countermeasures
  • Capacity-building in criminal intelligence analysis, analytical support for investigations, and open source monitoring and analysis

IGAD: Promoting cooperation among member states

Sahan is a partner of the Inter – Governmental Agency for Development (IGAD) Security Sector Program (ISSP) to promote coordination among member states in order to counter transnational security threats in the region.

Human Smuggling and Trafficking

On behalf of governments and international organisations, Sahan monitors and analyses migration patterns and routes, and investigates smuggling and trafficking networks.

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