About us

Twaweza is an independent East African initiative that was established in 2009 by Rakesh Rajani, a Tanzanian civil society leader who founded HakiElimu and served as its first executive director until the end of 2007. Twaweza’s approach and theory of change is built on the lessons from the HakiElimu experience, as well as wide ranging conversations across East Africa conducted through 2008 and a review of the literature. Hivos provided the incubation space for Twaweza’s development, and housed the initiative during its first strategic period. Twaweza East Africa is currently registered in Tanzania as a non-profit company (company limited by guarantee with no share capital)with certificates of compliance to operate in Kenya and Uganda.

Twaweza’s approach and its policies, systems and procedures reflect a set of values around effective and transparent governance. Five key values and principles guide our work: effectiveness and accountability; transparency and communication; ethical integrity; reflection and learning; and responsibility and initiative.

For more information about us, read our brochure here.

Our donors

Twaweza is supported by a consortium of donors who provide long-term support towards the overall program. These are Sida, UK Department for International Development (DFID) Tanzania and Uganda, the Hewlett Foundation, AJWS and Danida. Twaweza provides one set of annual and half year reports to all its donors.

In Uganda, the pilot of the Uwezo Learning Assessment in Refugee Contexts is funded through the Humanitarian Emergency Refugee Response in Uganda (HERRU) Programme that is supported by the UK Department for International Development.


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