Twaweza actively engages in several initiatives beyond our 'traditional' work. These initiatives are linked to different parts of our Theory of Change, some aimed at strategically engaging with key partners, and others at providing experimental evidence for policy advocacy. The two initiatives that we’ve spent the most time and thinking on over the past year is the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and experimental interventions, particularly a localized version of Cash on Delivery (COD).
Twaweza’s strategic engagement includes many different actors and partners. For example, Twaweza Head Rakesh Rajani is on the advisory or governance boards of organizations such as Revenue Watch, International Budget Partnership, Foundation for Civil Society, Hewlett Foundation, and Hivos. We also maintain relationships with academic institutions, such as the Centre for Global Development, Harvard University, and the University of Aberdeen, to ensure we use the most recent research to inform our strategies and programs.
In particular, Twaweza is a co-creator of the OGP idea and a founding member of the Steering Committee. Twaweza invested considerable time in 2011 in helping to shape the initiative and its key values and tenets. OGP aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. Unusually, OGP is overseen by a Steering Committee of equal numbers of governments and civil society organizations (CSOs). Read more here.
The second part of our special initiatives involve experimental interventions. Our goal is to use evidence from such experiments to spark debate in policy circles about the ability of citizens to ‘get things done.’ Twaweza’s current efforts are in setting up two education interventions to incentivize learning in schools, namely local Cash on Delivery and Capitation Grants. The basic idea involves paying a set amount for every child that achieves proficiency in early grade literacy and numeracy, and to contrast it with an input based incentive such as the capitation grant. A set of randomized control trials (RCTs) will be used to rigorously measure impact. Read more here.