What We do


Know The Industry

20 Years Of Experience In Capacity Development

Develop your community


In the Caribbean, community-based organizations are central to the creation of new knowledge and understanding. We focus on knowledge production that fosters the formation of inclusive community spaces that enable citizens to actively engage in and support responsive development.


Increased productivity and innovation are critical for the Caribbean region.  At the same time, the region boasts a youthful and relatively educated population who are increasingly connected and entrepreneurial. This cluster identifies documentation that points to the competitive economic advantage, growth and investment opportunities that are both unique and timely for the Caribbean.


Sound development policy, planning, and implementation depend on the availability, reliability, and regularity of quality data and information. This cluster sources and organizes some of the most recent and pertinent data and statistics for on development.


Get to know us

Meet The Team

We have over 20 years experience combined working with international organizations.

Jay Coombs


For over 20 years, Jay Coombs has been a Development Practitioner in Belize. In previous professional capacities, she served as the Programme Analyst for the Poverty and Democratic Governance portfolio at the UN Development Program-Belize

, In-Country Manager for the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID), Programme Manager for Organisational Development at the US Peace Corps-Belize, and Community and Institutional Development Specialist for the Belize Social Investment Fund. Throughout her career, she has actively established and maintained sound partnerships with national development organizations and supported a wide cross-section of stakeholders, including: municipal bodies, village councils, community groups, academia, youth and civil society organizations with institutional strengthening, capacity development and direct technical assistance.

Jay is a trained researcher with demonstrated experience designing and conducting data collection and analysis using both qualitative and quantitative analysis. Jay brings field experiences from her work with civil society and non-government organisations in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Wales. She earned her Doctorate in Politics at the University of York, UK, Master’s degree in Development Policy and Planning at the University of Wales, Swansea, UK, and Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education at the University of Belize. Jay is fluent in English and Creole, converses at the intermediate level in Spanish. She is highly competent in Garifuna.

Trina Palacio

Research Assistant

Trina Palacio holds an Associate’s Degree in Economics at St. John’s Junior College in Belize City followed by a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with minors in Social Development Policy & Planning and Gender Development Studies from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago W.I.  During her academic life, Trina has worked extensively with student organizations such as the Belize Student Association of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Commonwealth Students Association where she held the positions of Student Association President and Belize Representative respectively.  

Ms. Palacio is a past Junior Intern Analyst of the Legacy Fund Limited, where she researched, monitored and presented oral and written reports on the developments in the fields of industrial technology, agribusiness, finance, and economic theory.   Ms. Palacio currently serves as the research assistant for the Centre of Applied Development Studies

Gerardo Berthin


Gerardo Berthin is a political scientist specializing in applied democratic governance policy in areas related to local governance and decentralization, transparency, accountability, anti-corruption and citizens’ empowerment and participation.  He has nearly 20 years of experience as a program officer/director and/or senior technical policy adviser for various large and complex democratic governance policy reform programs. He has worked in nearly all Latin American and Caribbean Countries, and altogether in 40 countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central and Eastern Europe on behalf of international development organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the World Bank, and the Swedish Agency for Development Cooperation (SIDA). 

Mr. Berthin has lead and conducted over 30 independent assessments and evaluations to incorporate activities into donor and/or democratic governance strategies in Latin America and Eastern Europe.  He is the author of two books on political development and democracy, co-author of three books about democratic governance, political parties and institutional development respectively and is the author of over 40 articles in specialized peer reviewed social science journals.  He is also author and co-author of 10 UNDP National Human Development Reports on various democratic governance issues in a number of countries around the world (Bolivia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Moldova).  He is the author and co-author of over 130 technical documents covering various democratic governance topics.   

Mr. Berthin graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in International Politics from George Washington University, he holds two Masters Degrees: one in Political Science from the University of Chicago, the other in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University In addition, he has a Certificate from Harvard University’s J.F.K School of Government for Leaders in Development to manage political and economic reform and a Trainers’ Certificate from the United Nations Staff College in Turin-Italy. He has been a Professor teaching a number of Governance Courses to undergraduate and graduate students in various universities in and outside the Western Hemisphere.

Jordi del Bas


Jordi del Bas is co-founding partner and Head of International Development at the EU-Asia Global Business Research Centre of the EADA Business School in Barcelona.  His professional background is a mix of three of his main passions: evaluation, research and teaching.

He is Adjunct Faculty at the Maastricht School of Management, senior accredited trainer on Evaluation by the Secretariat General of the European Commission and visiting professor at the Masters in Development of the Complutense University of Madrid and at the International MBA of the Business School at the Nanjing University in China. 

Economist by training, Jordi specialises in private sector development. Over the last 15 years he has worked as independent evaluator for international agencies in fifty countries worldwide throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America. 

Currently, he leads a research project examining the links between corporate culture and wellbeing in private sector firms

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Address San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize

Email operations@centreforapplieddevelopmentstudies.com