A lot has happened in the past three months. We got off to a rocky start when in early April, our staff, partner organisations, and friends in Timor-Leste were affected by devastating flash floods which hit the country hard.

We’ve now bounced back, and have a lot to be grateful for.

Key things we’re celebrating:

  • The app we developed as part of our Hamahon program is now live in Timor-Leste! …


How we used tech to support the Government of Timor-Leste in distributing >$60 million in cash to 300,000 households within a month.

In a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, governments and civil society need ways to provide critical social protection to the masses. Fast. Nothing is quite as fast as giving cash directly, and thoughtful tech can make this process more transparent than ever.

Cash transfers are a way to deliver protection in a speedy manner, reduce funds spent on program overheads to provide optimal value-for-money, and put power straight into the hands of the people who know their needs best.

There is a wealth of evidence that giving cash directly is an effective way to help people living in poverty and…


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.

Catalpa International

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