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Welcome to Twaweza

Twaweza means “we can make it happen” in Swahili. Twaweza works on enabling children to learn, citizens to exercise agency and governments to be more open and responsive in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. We have programs, staff and offices across all three countries, and a world respected practice of learning, monitoring and evaluation. Our flagship programs include Uwezo, Africa’s largest annual citizen assessment to assess children’s learning levels across hundreds of thousands of households, and Sauti za Wananchi, Africa’s first nationally representative mobile phone survey.  We undertake effective public and policy engagement, through powerful media partnerships and global leadership of initiatives such as the Open Government Partnership. Read more.

Into the light | Citizens and access to information in Kenya

Sauti za Wananchi provides new data on Kenyans' views on access to information. Read more...

Learning in mother tongues | JiElimishe

One of the reasons given for poor learning outcomes in Tanzania is the medium of instruction. Twaweza and the University of Dar es Salaam held a seminar on the role of our mothers' tongues in education. Read more...

Learning Note 10: How to find out what motivates people to vote when the outcome is all but certain? Applying the conjoint design to research around elections in Uganda

Outlining an innovative research conducted in Uganda, which used the conjoint methodology,to help evaluate Twaweza’s election-related initiatives, and also to conduct original, cutting-edge research into the often unstated reasons and motivations f... Read more...

Into the light: citizens and access to information

Citizens are supportive of access to information saying that government should have to justify newspaper bans in Court, that access to information would reduce corruption and that government can only restrict information that is vital to national sec... Read more...

Sauti za Wananchi monthly series | access to information

Sauti za Wananchi presents the most recently available nationally representative data on citizens and access to information in Tanzania. Read more...

David Astor Journalism Awards | call for nominations

An exciting opportunity for print journalists working in English in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Read more...

Learning Note 9: “They wait until the youths become miserable adults”: exploratory study on young people and elections in Uganda

Building on the exciting Twaweza – MIT collaboration in the context of the 2015 Tanzanian elections, which resulted in very rich formative and evaluative insights, we turned the research lens on Uganda, where the national election took place in Feb... Read more...

Sauti za Wananchi launched in Kenya

Kenyans are overwhelmingly positive about devolution: 47% strongly agree and 35% agree with the statement ‘I support devolution in Kenya.’ Read more...

Want to know if children are learning? A toolkit from Uwezo

A new toolkit from Uwezo summarizing the learning assessment processes in animated form. Read more...

Latest publications

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Highlighted


  • Citizens' views on political leadership based on the most recent nationally representative data available. Read more...


  • Are teachers in East Africa's primary schools actually teaching? And do they understand their subject matter? Revealing new charts using data from a World Bank survey examine these questions. Read more...


  • How (un)equal is East Africa? And does it matter? Twaweza's Open Development Consultant Ben Taylor @mtega has produced a video on the topic for his blog, drawing from recently published data. Read more...