About us

Catalpa is a not-for-profit development organisation leveraging design and technology to create a more equitable world.

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About Catalpa

Who we are

We are diverse specialists who’ve come together to solve complex challenges with creative problem solving. We are international development practitioners, education specialists, engineers, public health researchers, software engineers, interaction designers, communicators, and graphic artists.

These multidisciplinary teams promote the collaboration of diverse ideas, experiences, and perspectives in every aspect of our design, technology development, and project implementation.

What we do

In collaboration with governments, NGOs and specialist partners, we design programs that strengthen service delivery, enhance oversight, and implement systems that ultimately improve the lives of vulnerable communities.

With teams across the Asia Pacific region, our programs span education, health, social protection, environment, aid transparency, governance, infrastructure management and beyond.

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How we work

We specialise in human-centred design, a creative approach to problem solving that puts people at the centre of designing their own solutions. With a focus on truly understanding the experience of the beneficiary, human-centred design achieves impact through co-designing solutions and an iterative process of creating, testing, refining and improving.



Designing meaningful and innovative solutions begins with understanding people’s needs, goals and behaviours.



Prototyping a product or service helps us think realistically about how people would interact with it.



Through feedback and monitoring, we iterate to make things more effective for people.



Ongoing evaluation and project development means we can scale our impact while staying grounded and relevant.

Our People

Onorio ‘Ony’ de Jesus Afonso

ICT Officer

Pedro Almeida

Production Manager

Grasinda do Rosario

Office Assistant

Daniel Lopez

Senior Design Consultant

Lindon Smith

ICT Consultant

Mário Alves Pinto

ICT Officer

Keren Gifford

People & Culture Manager

Brian Mangi

ICT Consultant