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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.

Appetite for accountability in Tanzania:Translating election-time signals into accountability values

Twaweza and MIT Gov/Lab worked together to play voting games with citizens in three regions and see what characteristics of candidates appeared to be the most important for voters. Read more...

Half empty or half full? Water, sanitation and hygiene in Kenya

Access to water is improving in rural areas but declining in urban locations. At the same time, one in four rural Kenyans spend an hour or more collecting water. Read more...

Clean and Safe? Water, sanitation and hygiene in Tanzania

There have not been large changes in the level of access to water, particularly in rural areas, over the past ten years. Read more...

Consultant needed: formative study for Sauti za Wananchi poll in Uganda

Can you help us to gather information that will improve our understanding of the opinion polling market, current perceptions and practices in Uganda? Read more...

Twaweza’s analysis on The Access to Information Act

There is no single killer clause. However, in combination, they represent a series of obstacles that make things difficult for those requesting information, and indeed for those in government who are minded to release information. Read more...

KiuFunza: Sending Money Directly to School Accounts in Tanzania: Using Experience to Inform Policy

There is a growing body of research that suggests these low levels of learning are driven in part by the limited accountability in the education system. Read more...

Going without? Household economics in Kenya

Kenya citizens estimate their daily needs at KES 99 per person yet 8 out of 10 citizens (81%) feel their income is insufficient to meet their household’s needs. Faced with these cash constraints, half (49%) of those affected tighten their expenditu... Read more...

Learning note 12: Taking the Mystery out of Access to Information in Kenya

Does a fried drumstick from KFC taste the same in Boston, Dar es Salaam, and Nairobi? To control for taste, look, and feel of a product served around the world, franchise companies use “mystery shoppers” to assess brand consistency. Read more...

Seeking a consultant: a review of civic space in Uganda

Can you help us to develop a coherent understanding of the forces at play that constrain – or protect – civic space in Uganda? Read more...

Latest publications

Sauti za Wananchi


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...