Championing village development in Timor-Leste

Supporting rural development through end-to-end project management, data collection, analysis and reporting



Championing village development through strong governance, strategic planning, and equitable resource allocation.


  • To assist the government of Timor-Leste to monitor and measure the impact of the National Program for Village Development (PNDS).
  • Create a centralised database consolidating social, technical and financial data from the National Program for Village Development (PNDS), connected to both a web platform (for monitoring and reporting capabilities) and a mobile application (for data entry).


  • The new PNDS Management Information System “Ida” design and development was completed in January 2024.
  • The first training-of-trainers course on the usage of Ida Management Information System (MIS) has been delivered in preparation for the platform rollout.


Timor-Leste Ministry of State Administration (MAE) and the Ministry of Finance (MoF), Timor-Leste’s Village Development Program (PNDS), and PARTISIPA, supported by Australian Aid.

Improving quality of life for rural citizens

The PNDS program is dedicated to improving socio-economic conditions and local governance for village residents. This initiative spans 14 municipalities, 64 administrative posts, and 452 sukus (villages) to drive impactful community-driven development.

The program allows for effective planning and implementation, greater community engagement and more transparency and accountability.

Rural development projects supported by comprehensive project management can stimulate economic growth by creating employment opportunities and improved quality of life through access to basic services such as education, healthcare and water and sanitation.

Catalpa is supporting the PARTISIPA program to design and build a powerful information management system to help the Timor-Leste Government to monitor and measure the impact of the PNDS program.

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A discovery workshop with the PNDS team to better map program flows and challenges, empathise with users and understand how technology can help - or hinder - them to support rural development in Timor-Leste.

The bespoke management information system (MIS) will assist both PNDS and PARTISIPA to make better, informed decision making and policies at the national and sub-administrative level to support more equitable and effective rural development.

We are working collaboratively with PNDS and PARTISIPA teams to enable an offline-capable, mobile-first approach for data collection and reporting which will accelerate data collection and verification process at village level as well as making progress information and program results more accessible and visible to the government and partners.

Mobile-first data collection and reporting can be used offline, making it easier, faster, and more reliable for field officers in villages to collect and verify financial, technical, and social data, and in turn ensures the government is able to collect quality data from which to draw insights.

The program also includes data validation, powerful analytics and a beautiful, user-friendly design and experience.

In addition to the centralisation and management of data and insights, the new MIS will enhance transparency and quantitative reporting to stakeholders, including government ministries and Timorese citizens by integrating historical data from all sukus accessible online.

Following the development of a proof of concept (Minimum Viable Product or MVP) in early 2023, we began work to progress to a full redesign of the existing Management Information System (MIS).

The Government of Timor-Leste’s Village Development Program (PNDS) is implemented by the Ministry of State Administration (MAE) and the Ministry of Finance (MoF) with the technical support from the Partisipa program. Partisipa is a DFAT-funded program implemented by DT Global Asia & Pacific.

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