UNDP Study advances



Dynamic stakeholder mapping now reaching its final stage. More than 300 key players engaged country-wide.

DEVPOLES specialists have finalized the field phase and are currently fine-tunning stakeholder mapping analysis and data visualization analytics for UNDP, including the deployment of a custom-made web application designed by DEVPOLES experts.

The mapping and analysis of key stakeholders will assist public-decision makers in making the right choices across the project management cycle, improving project identification, formulation and evaluation, and keeping project implementation risks in check, especially in contexts of complex interventions including the procurement of works, services and grants.

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Purpose and impacts

Indigenous peoples of Panama legally own a little over over 22% of the country's land and an important part of Panama's coastline, spread country wide in twelve counties and territories. However, despite their natural riches and economic potential, human development index remains well below national avarage.

Through DEVPOLES' dynamic stakeholder mapping, indigenous peoples will pinpoint themselves which stakeholders are authorized to express consent on behalf of their communities concerning initiatives that may have a positive or negative impact on their rights and natural resources. Ensuing economies of scale and scope, have enabled DEVPOLES' specialists to gather critical pieces of data beyond the classical power, interest and influence variables, to enrich evidence-based decision making thanks to this this state-of-the-art study.

During the course of this project, DEVPOLES has ensured the inclusion of a gender perspective and the contribution of indigenous women in decision-making, through specific gender-stakeholder consultations. Youth and senior community members have also been given special attention.

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Methodological scope

This latest generation stakeholder mapping includes georeferencing and discrete stakeholder dynamic diagnostics embedded in a single framework providing key insights vis-à-vis initiatives and public sector interventions with collective interest in each territory. More specifically, the study’s aims are:

  1. Develop a dynamic analytical framework thaw il allow for the mapping of all key stakeholders in each of the 12 territories from a strategic perspective to inform the public decision-making processes; and that can assist in anticipating programmatic actions while minimizing risks.
  2. Allow links to be made with key stakeholders via discrete dynamic diagnostics , ensuring their participation, to increase the probability of expected results by currently managing current demands and future expectations of each of the indigenous stakeholders in Panama (local, district-level, regional and national level). 

Globally, this process will make it possible to create an analytical framework from which any public intervention can be legitimized through participative identification with the indigenous beneficiaries, their hierarchy and socio-cultural structures, so that it is possible to assess which portfolio of tools and instruments, and strategies will be used for each of them and in each territory, according to the nature of the public intervention in order to comply with the sustainable development goals.

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This project is being carried out in compliance with Panamanian Law 37 of 2 August 2016 and UNDP's Social and Environmental Standards.


WB project acquired!

DEVPOLES to support Jamaica’s cybersecurity readiness to operate its Public Financial Management Systems.

The Government of Jamaica has hired DEVPOLES assist in repositioning of eGov Jamaica so it can effectively support public financial management systems.

Specifically, DEVPOLES will develop the skills and knowledge necessary of eGov Jamaica staff to provide a secure computing environment and ensure that confidentiality, integrity and availability of data is maintained and that risks are kept within acceptable limits. This will in turn enhance the delivery of ICT services to the Government of Jamaica and provide medium to long-term support to public financial management systems.

IT attack

Statement of the challenge

Constantly changing security threats demands eGovJa to place an increased focus on security and the implementation of appropriate measures to safeguard the information it stores and processes on behalf of the Government of Jamaica. To do this, eGovJa needs to design and implement a comprehensive set of information security controls to preserve the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information against potential threats and risk exposures

Solutions and expected results

DEVPOLES will develop and execute a 12-month training program that delivers appropriate security capabilites based on the assigned roles and responsibilities of individuals and the specific security requirements of eGovJa.

Comprehensive role-based cybersecurity training will enhance the eGovJa’s security posture by creating a trained workforce that can adequately protect its systems and applications and provide the capability to respond effectively to security incidents.  The training will address responsibilities at the managerial, operational and technical levels, sourcing and delivering specialized security training for staff in the following job functions:

  • Programmers
  • Programmer Analysts
  • Systems Administrators
  • Network Engineers
  • Quality Assurance Analysts
  • IT Security Engineers
  • IT Risk Analysts
  • Heads of department

Our training solutions includes a combination industry standard certification-based training and bespoke training related to security solutions already deployed by eGovJa, including:

  • Computer Forensics
  • Ethical Hacking
  • ISO 31000 Security Risk Management
  • ISO27001 Implementation
  • Penetration Testing
  • Security Incident Response
  • IBM Security QRadar SIEM Administration

For more information concerning our cybersecutiry practice and related services, please contact DEVPOLES.

Project awarded!


DEVPOLES and Innovative Prison Systems (IPS) to strengthen the operation of the criminal justice system in Guyana

The Government of Guyana, through the Ministry for Legal Affairs and the Inter-American Development Bank, have entrusted DEVPOLES, in consortium with IPS Innovative Prison Systems, to lead the strengthening of the country’s probation system. 

Credits: Supreme Court of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana
Foto credits: Supreme Court of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.

Statement of the challenge

The general problem to be addressed by the Program is the overcrowding conditions in Guyana’s penitentiary system. Statistics show that Guyana’s prison overcrowding population rate in November 2018 was 209%. Capacity of the Guyana prison service was significantly reduced by fires in 2017 and 2020 at the Camp Street and Lusignan prisons, respectively. Today overcrowding has plunged to 29,7%. From an institutional standpoint, structural overcrowding can be explained by three (3) main contributing factors:

    1. Diminishment of physical capacity;
    2. The over reliance on custodial sentences; 
    3. The overuse of pre-trial detention.

In Guyana, judges and magistrates have the option of both probation and community service orders as alternatives to imprisonment. However, these measures are scarcely used because magistrates lack the proper “incentives” to make use of these options, as confidence in the effectiveness of probation services to provide efficient supervision of offenders is low.

Solutions and expected results

The goal of the project is the strengthening of the organizational framework of probation services in the country, for which the design of a staff training programme is planned to be implemented over the next year. It will cover topics including, but not limited to: legal consideration of probation, interpersonal communication skills in the context of probation interviews, case load management, the investigation and community supervision of probation, probation investigations; probation officer physical conditioning; defensive tactics and first aid for criminal justice officers.

DevPoles & IPS will carry out a manpower audit, develop an organizational structure for the Probation Department, develop job descriptions, conduct a psychometric test of all probation officers to determine candidate’s suitability for the various roles on the proposed organizational structure, develop an orientation manual, performance metrics, standard operating procedures, evaluation tools, a self-care policy and the delivery of a 360º training programme to strengthen hard and soft skills for the modern probation officer. All project deliverables, conclusions, and recommendations will be based on evidence-based qualitative and quantitative analytics.

The Tokyo, Bangkok and Beijing Rules advocate the frequent and early use of probation as a resource. They affirm that probation should be used by the relevant authority wherever possible. In this sense, probation and community service will be identified in Guyana as alternatives to incarceration for minor and non-violent crimes. Furthermore, options that have been successful in other jurisdictions will be explored, such as bail, confiscation of travel documents, periodic check-ins with the police or other authority, electronic tags or curfews, conditional sentences, or suspended sentences.

Through these approaches, the project led by DEVPOLES in consortium with IPS Innovative Prison Systems will contribute towards reducing recidivism and inmate population by improving the social integration of people who have committed minor, non-violent crimes through the promotion of more rehabilitative approaches that involve families, victims, and members of the community to support their recovery and reintegration though an effective restorative approach.



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