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The Propel software solution streamlines knowledge management for impact

11 September 2023 | Member Stories

Catalyst 2030 member Strhive's propel knowledge management software

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When Sarah Abdelatif and Andrés Roure Cuzzoni realised how much critical knowledge was lost and time wasted seeking existing information within international development sector organisations, they established Netherlands-based Strhive. The organisation’s software solution, Propel, remedies the problem the pair identified by ensuring that institutional knowledge is retained and easily accessible.

Propel offers customised knowledge management that enhances organisational learning and is tailored specifically for the international development context. Through Propel, the team are working with development organisations on a shift towards processes that seamlessly capture, access and use material to accelerate positive global change

“We serve the international development and humanitarian community, ranging from large global organisations to local NGOs,” explains Sarah. “Our primary audience includes entities dedicated to achieving the SDGs, and we aim to empower them with streamlined processes to capture, disseminate, and reuse knowledge, thus enhancing their impact on the ground.”

Strhive collaborates closely with key international development organisations such as the German development agency (GIZ), the Dutch Relief Alliance, the Danish Refugee Council and and local country offices like Terre des Hommes in Burundi. We are also in the pilot phase of Propel with seven other entities across India, South Sudan, Burundi, Denmark, Sudan and the Netherlands.

The team believes that the key to global change lies in the effective use and dissemination of knowledge. “Propel is not just software,” asserts Sarah, “It’s a movement towards creating a world where organisations can harness their collective wisdom to build a brighter, more sustainable future.”

Social entrepreneurs are known for finding solutions for society’s problems. What is the problem that you are addressing and what is your solution?

The primary problem we address is the inefficient use of knowledge and the lack of learning within international development organisations, leading to wasted resources and missed opportunities for meaningful impact. Despite the vast experience and expertise within these organisations, critical learnings are often lost and organisations can therefore not build on what they already know. Our solution, Propel, is a revolutionary software platform that captures, manages, and disseminates organisational knowledge, ensuring it’s readily accessible and reusable, fostering a culture of continuous learning and maximising impact.

Are you collaborating with any other Catalyst 2030 members?

Currently, we have not yet collaborated with other Catalyst 2030 members, but we are very much open to exploring potential synergies and joint ventures that align with our objectives and values.

At the core of our work is learning and collaboration. Being part of Catalyst 2030 would provide us with a unique platform to connect with like-minded social entrepreneurs and organisations. It offers opportunities for collaborative learning, partnership-building, and leveraging shared resources. Additionally, the exposure within the Catalyst 2030 network would further validate our solution and amplify our mission to a broader audience.

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