DIG CONSULTANTS’ team is led by Kevin Deveaux, a former parliamentarian from Canada who has worked on the capacity development of parliaments and political parties since 2001 when he first provided training for candidates prior to the first national elections in Kosovo. As a lawyer and a former politician, Kevin brings a realistic and action-oriented approach to capacity development, while ensuring the work reflects international best practices.
Between 2001 and 2006, Kevin worked periodically in Kosovo, supporting the drafting of the Access to Information Law, supporting the development of the Kosovo Central Assembly and building the capacity of a political party. He also provided support to the Iraq Transitional National Assembly in 2005 and worked short-term in Egypt, Palestine and Cambodia.
From 2007 to 2012, Kevin was a technical expert with UNDP with regard to parliamentary development, first as an adviser to the Viet Nam National Assembly and, from 2008-2012, the global adviser for UNDP on its work with parliaments and political parties. As the global adviser, Kevin was the United Nation’s primary focal point on parliamentary development, interacting with partners at USAID, DfID, SIDA, AusAID, CIDA, MAES and engaging parliamentary networks such as IPU, CPA and APF. He also worked closely with a number of networks of parliamentarians, including GOPAC, GLOBE, Climate Parliament and PNoWB.
In addition to his role as the global focal point for the UN, Kevin also provided direct and ongoing advice to UNDPs 135 Country Offices when they engaged parliaments and political parties. He was responsible for defining UNDPs policies with regard to work with political institutions globally. He also provided advice, directly and indirectly, to more than70 parliaments through the world that receive capacity support from UNDP. This work included project formulation and evaluation in numerous countries.
In particular, in 2011 and 2012, Kevin was instrumental in providing immediate resources and technical advice to a number of countries in the Arab Region, starting with Tunisia, post-revolution, and including Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Somalia, Algeria and Libya. This work resulted in extensive and innovative projects being designed, funded and implemented in a number of these countries to support their political institutions as the countries transition to democracy.