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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.

For free or fees? Tanzanians’ experiences and preferences on schooling

Very few parents appear concerned with low school fees (6%) and distance to schools (18%) when choosing secondary schools. Instead, the majority of parents report being influenced by secondary school exam pass marks and teacher motivation (both at 72... Read more...

Sauti Za Wananchi series | For free or fees?

Sauti za Wananchi is presenting the most recently available nationally representative data around Tanzanians’ experiences and preferences on schooling. Read more...

Twaweza Audited Financial Statements 2017

Twaweza's financial statements are subjected to independent audit each year. Once approved by the Board, these are disclosed to the public Read more...

Consultancy | Case studies on access to information in Uganda

The objective of this consultancy is to propose a qualitative research and learning design that will allow Twaweza to understand the characteristics in the proposed interventions that enabled citizens to access, utilize and engage with public authori... Read more...

Frankly speaking: Ugandans’ opinions and experiences of information and the media

7 out of 10 think that radio and television stations should be free to produce their own news programs (68%); and a similar number (72%) think that the news media should investigate and report on government mistakes and corruption. Read more...

Positive Deviance: the search for a magic pill

Positive deviance: uncommon but successful (in addressing a particular problem) and replicable behaviours that enable people to find better solutions than their neighbours who face the same challenges and have access to the same resources. Read more...

Bringing ideas and evidence to light

New ideas and the latest evidence from Twaweza summarized into handy blog posts coming out of our recent Evidence and Ideas event. Read more...

Uwezo Learning Assessment adapted to Refugee contexts 2017

Uwezo Uganda piloted the Uwezo Learning Assessment in four refugee hosting districts of Adjumani, Arua, Isingiro and Yumbe and generated data on learning outcomes (literacy and numeracy) in both refugee and non-refugee settlements in these areas. Read more...

Not to that extent? Tanzanians’ views on information and public debate

The majority of citizens do not feel free to criticise the President (60%), the Vice President (54%) and the Prime Minister (51%). Close to half also do not feel free to criticise Ministers (47%), Regional Commissioners (46%) and District Commissione... Read more...

Latest publications

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Highlighted


  • Ideas & Evidence event on 6-7 March 2018: In our position as one of the prominent independent, civil society voices in Tanzania and the region, this event is a continuation of our open conversation on knowledge, information, evidence, citizen agen... Read more...


  • 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...