‘Global Europe': EU external action renewed

NDICI - ‘Global Europe', the European Union’s brand-new comprehensive external action instrument to achieve SDGs

DEVPOLES commends the European Commission on progress towards the adoption and entry into force of NDICI - ‘Global Europe', the European Union’s brand-new comprehensive external action instrument to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Endowed with €79.5 billion, this new external action instrument consolidates the coverage of several preexisting instruments into a single framework, integrating for the first time the European Development Fund (EDF) into the EU budget, which will be now subject to the EU expenditure control and oversight system, allowing for increased transparency and accountability, as well as for potential economies of scale and scope in the EU’s external action.


NDICI - ‘Global Europe' will cover EU cooperation with more than 135 countries, allocating €60.38 billion for geographic programmes, €6.36 billion for thematic programmes, €3.18 billion for rapid response action, and a provision of unearmarked funds of €9.53 billion to replenish other budget lines and respond to new priorities.

Migration and Climate Change are key thematic areas of this new 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework. The 2030 Agenda recognizes the contribution of human mobility to sustainable development, thus rendering migration as a cross-cutting issue relevant to achieve most goals and targets through implementation and monitoring actions. Likewise, SDG13 and the Paris Agreement address the global challenge of climate change which is essential to sustainable development.

“NDICI - ‘Global Europe' will be underpinned by a second-generation results-based budgeting logic, thanks to its 12% allocation in unearmarked funds. ”

As structured, NDICI - ‘Global Europe' will be underpinned by a second-generation results-based budgeting logic, thanks to its 12% allocation in unearmarked funds. These unallocated funds will provide the necessary flexibility for the European Union to respond and address any contingencies and new challenges to stay ahead in today’s increasingly fast-paced global arena. This comprehensive instrument will cover countries in the EU Neighborhood East and South, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean to support a sustainable global recovery and promote comprehensive partnerships to achieve the SDGs.

In this context, DEVPOLES will expand and adapt its scope to deepen cross-sectoral approaches akin to EU interests, reinforcing partnership and technical assistance in actions related to decent work, education, security, justice, energy, transport, urban development and natural resources management. DEVPOLES will also offer its services in support to the European Union as well as public and private stakeholders to mainstream human mobility and environmental considerations in policies, strategies and actions in other sectors, reaching through a wide range of SDGs.


In recent years, DEVPOLES has intensively supported the Latin American and Caribbean region throughout essential contributions to the SDGs, in particular SDG10, SDG16 and SDG17. Strengthening collaboration with multiple public and private stakeholders has been instrumental in achieving a greater impact of our actions. Now this strategy will be reinforced in other regions prioritized by the European Union to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs worldwide. DEVPOLES’ network in neighbouring countries of the EU, as well as in East and West Africa, places us in a strong position to bolster these partnerships expanding our contributions from a cross-cutting and innovative approach to promote the achievement of a wider range of SDGs.

"Under 'Global Europe', DEVPOLES will reinforce global coverage to support the EU's external action and multilateral agenda for peace, prosperity and stability.”

The EU envisions the NDICI - ‘Global Europe' as a keystone in supporting its multilateral agenda, pursuing global peace and stability, fostering trade, inclusive economies and sustainable growth, as well as promoting comprehensive partnerships to uphold the principles of good governance, democracy and human rights. DEVPOLES, through our values, skills and expertise, will support the EU in the achievement of these objectives and will continue promoting alliances with the academia, public and private actors to make it happen.



Newly awarded UNPD project

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UNDP entrusts DEVPOLES with a latest generation stakeholder mapping of indigenous peoples in Panama.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has entrusted DEVPOLES with a latest generation mapping of key stakeholders in each of the twelve (12) territories of indigenous peoples in Panama.


El PNUD confía a DEVPOLES un mapeo de última generación de los actores clave de los pueblos indígenas de Panamá.

El Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) ha encomendado a DEVPOLES la realización de un mapeo de última generación de los actores claves en cada uno de los doce (12) territorios de los Pueblos Indígenas de Panamá.

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 Purpose and impacts

The mapping and analysis of key stakeholders, in conjunction with public investment and international cooperation, will help sustainable human development within the indigenous territories of the Republic of Panama, reducing all forms of discrimination and exclusion and ensuring well-being for indigenous peoples in an organized, coherent way and following the principles of democratic governance while strictly respecting the customs and ancestral norms of indigenous peoples.

By means of this stakeholder mapping analysis, to be produced using state-of-the-art software-based data analytics, as well as qualitative and quantitative research techniques, the indigenous peoples will specify themselves which stakeholders are authorized to express consent on behalf of their communities vis-à-vis any public initiative that has or may have positive or negative consequences on their rights, territories and/or natural resources. During the assignment, DEVPOLES will ensure the inclusion of a gender perspective and the contribution of indigenous women in decision-making, and participation of children and young people, as appropriate. 

Methodological scope

This latest generation mapping includes georeferencing and discrete stakeholder dynamic diagnostics embedded in a single framework providing key insights linked to initiatives and public sector interventions of collective interest in each territory. More specifically, the study’s aims will be:

  1. To develop a dynamic analytical framework that will allow for the mapping of all key stakeholders in each of the 12 territories from a strategic perspective to inform public decision-making processes that can assist in anticipating programmatic actions while minimizing risks.

  2. To allow links to be made with key stakeholders via discrete dynamic diagnostics, ensuring their participation, thus increasing the probability of expected results by managing current demands and future expectations of key stakeholders (local, district-level, regional and national level). 

Globally, this process will enable 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, instruments and strategies will be used for each one of them and in each territory, according to the nature of the public intervention aiming at achieving the sustainable development goals.

This project will be carried out in compliance with Law 37 of 2 August 2016 that establishes the consultation and prior, free and informed consent of the Indigenous Peoples of the Republic of Panama and the UNDP Social and Environmental Standards.


Propósitos e impactos

El mapeo y análisis de actores claves contribuirá, en conjunción con las inversiones del Estado y de la cooperación internacional, al desarrollo humano sostenible dentro de los territorios indígenas de la República de Panamá, contribuyendo de manera efectiva a toda forma de discriminación o exclusión, y asegurar el bienestar de los pueblos indígenas de un modo ordenado, coherente y dentro de los principios de la gobernabilidad democrática y en estricto respeto a los usos, costumbres, saberes y normas ancestrales de los pueblos indígenas del país.

Serán los pueblos indígenas por intermedio de esta consultoría, quienes especificaran qué actores estarán autorizados para expresar el consentimiento en nombre de los pueblos o comunidades involucradas en cualquier acuerdo o iniciativa que tenga o pueda tener consecuencias positivas o negativas en sus derechos, territorios y/o recursos naturales. Durante la investigación DEVPOLES asegurará la inclusión de una perspectiva de género y la contribución de las mujeres indígenas en toma de decisiones, así como la participación de los niños y los jóvenes, según corresponda.

Alcances metodológicos

Este mapeo de tercera generación, de cariz cuali-cuantitivo, incluirá georreferenciación y diagnósticos dinámicos diferenciados de actores claves integrados en un marco analítico único que proporcionará información clave en relación con las iniciativas y las intervenciones del sector público de interés colectivo en cada territorio. Más concretamente, los objetivos del estudio serán:

  1. Desarrollar un marco analítico dinámico que permita el mapeo de todos los actores clave en cada uno de los 12 territorios desde una perspectiva estratégica para informar los procesos públicos de toma de decisión; coadyuvando a anticipar acciones programáticas mientras se minimizan los riesgos.

  2. Permitir que se establezcan vínculos con actores clave a través de diagnósticos dinámicos discretos, asegurando su participación, para aumentar la probabilidad de resultados esperados al gestionar actualmente las demandas actuales y las expectativas futuras de cada uno de los actores (local, distrital, regional y nivel nacional).

A nivel global, este proceso permitirá crear un marco analítico desde el cual se pueda legitimar toda intervención pública a través de una identificación participativa con los beneficiarios indígenas, sus jerarquías y estructuras socio-culturales, de manera que se puedan valorar qué cartera de herramientas e instrumentos, así como de estrategias serán utilizadas para cada uno de ellos y en cada territorio, según el la naturaleza de la intervención pública en pos de cumplimiento de los objetivos de desarrollo sostenible.

Este proyecto se realizará conforme a la Ley Nº 37 de 2 de agosto de 2016, que instituye la consulta y consentimiento previo, libre e informado a los Pueblos Indígenas en la República de Panamá, así como los Estándares Sociales y Ambientales del PNUD.

New IDB project awarded


IDB entrusts DEVPOLES with Latin America's first-ever comparative study of the economic and social impact of university institutions across the region.

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DEVPOLES is conducting a comparative socioeconomic impact study of a selection of university institutions in Latin America. The study will use both quantitative techniques including econometric methods taking into account supply and demand as well as qualitative methods that will allow validating the quantitative results and capturing nuances that cannot be identified under quantitative techniques. The ultimate purpose is to produce information able to foster a well-informed public discussion about the value of university work in the countries and regions where they operate, as well as to create suggestions for possible strategies to align and update university activities in teaching, research as well as business and community engagement with ongoing technological and economic challenges.

DEVPOLES will lead the production of the study in close cooperaiton with the Autonomous University of Barcelona, University of Barcelona, University of Deusto and Colombia's Sergio Arboleda Univeristy, under the supervision of the IDB and the patronage of Universia Foundation.

Relevant context

The IDB, in partnership with Universia-Santander, in October 2017 initiated a strategic process of dialogue and collaboration with public and private higher education institutions in Latin America under the premise that accelerated technological change is impacting different university areas and creating risks and opportunities for universities in the region. Some changes that have been identified include, but are not limited to: the generation of unforeseen competition, changes in research and academic careers, changes in the expertise needs of the business and public sectors, changes in the aspirations of young people, changes in training platforms, and changes in curricular content.

As a result, the institutions participating in the dialogue identified a serious gap in their adaptation to these changes and continued the discussion defining the detection of trends, strategies and possible lines of action.

Following the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic since March of 2020, the “social distancing” measures that have been taken to mitigate the spread of the pandemic have also generated a strong economic contraction that, in turn, has forced the digitalization of the productive sectors. Higher education institutions have been directly affected and obliged to modify their modes of provision and move towards tele-education. In the case of the Latin American region, the scope of the response of many universities to optimize their teleworking and distance education capacities and maintain their cash flow has been limited, especially in the case of small and medium-sized institutions.

This study will play its key part in supporting universities in Latin America and the Caribbean to better understand how to accelerate and improve their insertion in the changing economic and technological environment brought about by the ongoing technological revolution. This objective will be pursued by improving the understanding of the economic and social value of universities in selected countries from the double perspective of fostering an understanding among policymakers and the public about the value of university work for the countries and regions in which they operate, as well as generating recommendations for possible strategies to better align and update university curricula and activities with the characteristics and impacts of the ongoing technological revolution.

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