Stories

We believe good ideas should be shared. Here are some from us and our partners.

Oct. 8, 2021
Where personal meets professional: Mental health in the workplace

On this World Mental Health Day, Catalpa is reflecting on how we can better support our staff inside and outside of the workplace.

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Oct. 5, 2021
The future of education in the Pacific, as told by teachers

For this World Teacher's Day, we interviewed four of the Science Fellows advising us on the Pacific eLearning Program about their view of education and their experience teaching in four different countries across the Pacific.

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Sept. 8, 2021
Agile, meet adaptive: How global development assistance and software engineering both thrive on an iterative approach

Global development assistance and software engineering are rarely discussed together. In this blog, we discuss why Catalpa has embraced an iterative approach to both our program and engineering management.

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Aug. 5, 2021
We See You, We Hear You, We Support You: Our message to mums

Let’s support breastfeeding but normalize that it’s not easy for everyone.

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July 1, 2021
Mid-year Review: What We’ve Been Up To💡

Here's a look at what we've been getting up to over the past three months.

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June 24, 2021
Cash in a Crisis: The Power of Tech in Enabling Transparent Transfers in COVID-19 times

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

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June 15, 2021
Beyond Compliance: Approaching government transparency as an Opportunity rather than an Obligation

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.

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June 16, 2021
From the womb to the world: Addressing health inequities before birth

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

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April 23, 2021
7 design principles for microlearning programs

Here are 7 principles to keep in mind when designing a great microlearning program.

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April 8, 2021
Flood Devastation: How to Support Timor-Leste Recovery Efforts

Below are a range of reputable local individuals and organisations working to provide support on the ground. See links for more information.

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March 10, 2021
2021… Off to flying start

This month, we take a closer look at two Catalpa projects which have now progressed to the implementation phase of work.

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March 8, 2021
IWD 2021: Meet Ruth J Kissam

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

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March 8, 2021
IWD 2021: Meet Kara Chesal

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

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March 8, 2021
IWD 2021: Meet Gabriela Leite-Soares

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

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Feb. 11, 2021
Ensuring a pipeline of diverse Pacific STEM leaders

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

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Jan. 25, 2021
2020: Celebrating successes in an unusual year

In the spirit of positivity and progress, we’ve been looking back over 2020 and reflecting on how much we’ve achieved despite the disruptions. Spoiler alert: it’s quite a lot.’

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Oct. 15, 2020
The challenges facing rural women, and how thoughtful tech can help

On International Day of Rural Women we discuss Timor-Leste, and how considered tech-for-development programs are contributing to change

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Sept. 10, 2020
Micro-learning in the Solomon Islands: readying rural youth for the workforce via smartphone

The Olgeta pilot project set out to bridge the gap between unemployed youth and skilled jobs. Here’s what we learnt.

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June 12, 2020
Collaboration: the greatest tool to fight a global pandemic

Amidst a rapid pivot to address the impact of COVID-19, strong partnerships have been the most vital tool in our toolbox.

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April 22, 2020
Where are the women in global health leadership?

‘The health system can reduce discrimination against women by giving women equal opportunities to assume leadership roles.’

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March 21, 2020
Breaking the cycle: what we’ve learned from implementing a multi-sector nutrition program in Timor-Leste

Hamutuk is a multi-sector program bringing together more than 20 organisations to improve nutrition in Timor-Leste.

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Jan. 20, 2020
The past year at Catalpa

A few snippets of the things we’re proud of, from teachers using the Matenek app 45 minutes each day to more than 50,000 women receiving maternal health info.

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Jan. 21, 2020
When teachers learn more, their students do too

Here’s what we learned running an education technology pilot program with the Government of Timor-Leste.

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April 25, 2019
Making aid transparent: Syncing international and government aid data

This article was initially published on the International Aid Transparency Initiative blog. They spoke to Anders Hofstee, co-founder of Catalpa, about our work on aid transparency and the release of our new tool, IATI Sync.

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March 8, 2019
#SheInnovates: Celebrating women driving change in Timor-Leste

Women’s stories of bravery and persistence aren’t told often enough.

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Jan. 4, 2019
Our 2018 in numbers

Hello, new year! Here are some wins in health, education and more.

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Feb. 23, 2018
Geeks don’t belong locked in a server room

A field visit can be worth a thousand hours in the office.

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Jan. 18, 2018
Let’s talk about malnutrition

Zero hunger is only part of the story. What we need is collective action.

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Jan. 16, 2018
How an app is saving the lives of women and babies in Timor-Leste

By improving the quality and the frequency of engagement between health providers and women, we’re building personal connections.

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