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Twaweza 2012 Annual Plan

Read Twaweza's 2012 Annual Plan, including expected outputs and budgets for each department of the organization.

Healthy ambitions? New brief on Kenya's NHIF

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) released its 14th budget brief on May 28, 2012 in Nairobi, entitled Healthy Ambitions? Kenya's National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) Must Become More Transparent if it is to Anchor Universal Health Coverage. As the NHIF is increasingly playing a larger role in Kenya's health system, it is being called upon to open its books to the public. The report was co-authored by Dr. Jason Lakin and Vivian Magero. Lakin is housed by Twaweza in Kenya as an associate and Twaweza participated in the launch of the brief.

Uwezo and evidence-based education

Over the past decade throughout Africa, many countries have been working to improve the quality of education. Governments and donors have invested heavily in the sector, but are these investments working? Which interventions have the biggest impact?

New Chair for Twaweza Advisory Board

Smita Singh is the new chair of the Twaweza Advisory Board, filling the post previously held by Prof. Sam Wangwe of REPOA. The Advisory Board, comprised of leading regional and international academics and practitioners, plays a key role in shaping our strategy, programs and learning. Board members connect Twaweza to new developments around the world, ask sharp questions and help strengthen rigor and innovation.

Follow Your Money: Kenya Budget Visualisation Dashboard

The Kenya Budget Visualisation Dashboard from Uwazi is now up. The site allows citizens to view how public funds were spent by financial year from 2002 to 2011, and within each county of the country.

Food consumption up, access to clean water down in Dar es Salaam

Round 11 of the Listening to Dar survey asked questions on food consumption and perceptions of economic hardship to 358 residents of Dar es Salaam. There was a slight increase (from 59.3 percent to 64.5 percent) in those who reported eating three meals a day in April compared to January 2012. Nevertheless, the figure is still lower than the 72.3 percent who reported eating three meals a day during the baseline study in 2010. This survey round also found that certain foods, particularly fish, have become somewhat more affordable since the start of 2012.

TRAC FM nominated for Data Journalism Award

Twaweza partner TRAC FM has been nominated for a Data Journalism Award, the only international prize of its kind. TRAC FM has been nominated in the 'Data-driven Applications, National/International' category and is among an impressive field of competitors from Europe, Canada, Australia and Kenya. The category rewards a media leader in sharing datasets of importance to the public in an easily accessible way.
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