Opening up data creates an opportunity to ensure it is centralised, accurate, and well organised. This benefits the government and its public servants as much as it does the general public.

Transparency is often framed as a one-way street: a government publishing data to make it available to the public and provide information to its citizens. The fact that transparency also benefits data publishers themselves, whether they be governments or otherwise, is too often missed.

Transparency initiatives are benefiting governments across the world in a range of important ways. In Ukraine, the introduction of a transparent procurement platform is estimated to have saved the government an entire 10% on public spending. In Indonesia, the One Data initiative is being used to help different government agencies work together on joint goals.

In…


How we’re working to improve in utero and infant health in Timor-Leste.

A child’s first 1000 days, roughly from conception to 2 years of age, is a critical period of life.

Studies show that inadequate nutrition in this window will threaten the foundations of a child’s health, growth and brain development in a permanent way.

One of the visible symptoms of malnutrition is stunting, a condition which has irreversible impacts on one’s health that last for life.

Malnutrition in the first 1,000 days of life is not only concerning for the long term health impacts on the individual, but also for the intergenerational impacts on human, social and economic development.

Malnutrition can…


Microlearning is an emerging approach in elearning which delivers short bursts of learning content — generally able to be completed in 20 minutes or less.

Because lessons are bite size, learners benefit from increased flexibility and are able to complete lessons ‘anywhere and anytime’, especially when delivered via mobile devices such as smartphone or tablet.

This approach encourages young and adult learners to complete courses, and can be highly effective in time-poor contexts such as job-embedded professional development, locations with limited internet connection, and as a complement to face-to-face learning.

Here at Catalpa, we specialise in microlearning programs for development…


January, February, March… Oh my! Now well-adapted to COVID ways-of-working, we’ve been collaborating with our dispersed team and partners to ensure communication remains strong and our projects on track.

Last week the Timor-Leste Vice Minister of Health and Australian Ambassador officially launched the Liga Inan program in Dili, marking the program’s availability nationwide. This is a remarkable milestone for a health program which began with a small pilot in 2013, and has now reached over 80,000 women across Timor-Leste.

Across the wider Asia-Pacific, we continue to grow our team and build local expertise for our programs. …


It’s International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating women who #choosetochallenge every day!

We asked our team to nominate an inspiring female team member who is committed to challenging the gender status quo in their everyday lives.

With too many nominations to cover, we’ve selected just a few of our outstanding team to give you a flavour of the passionate, driven women we are lucky enough to work with every day.


It’s International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating women who #choosetochallenge every day!

We asked our team to nominate an inspiring female team member who is committed to challenging the gender status quo in their everyday lives.

With too many nominations to cover, we’ve selected just a few of our outstanding team to give you a flavour of the passionate, driven women we are lucky enough to work with every day.


It’s International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating women who #choosetochallenge every day!

We asked our team to nominate an inspiring female team member who is committed to challenging the gender status quo in their everyday lives.

With too many nominations to cover, we’ve selected just a few of our outstanding team to give you a flavour of the passionate, driven women we are lucky enough to work with every day.


By Kara Chesal, Catalpa International; Dr Kate Sparks, Nanogirl Labs; Dee McDowall, Wintec

On International Day of Women and Girls in Science (Feb 11) we discuss the role of education in encouraging women and young people to pursue STEM careers in the Pacific.

Gender inequalities within the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) have been well documented over the years, with women now making up just 30% of STEM researchers globally.

Given the Pacific region sits below this average, with just 23.4% …


In a year that’s had more than its fair share of negatives, there sure have been a ton of positives.

We have seen communities come together for the greater good, friends and family reconnect, and a great deal of kindness as communities support each other through lockdowns and sickness. Above all, we have learned that when we work together, and support each other, we can achieve amazing things.

As for us, we’ve continued to grow across the Asia Pacific and beyond with projects underway in Myanmar, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Uzbekistan, and of course…

Catalpa International

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