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Does information lead to citizen action in education?

A study evaluating Uwezo found that information provision to communities alone does not change behaviour. This view is consistent with Uwezo's Theory of Change, which calls for an ecosystem of continually reinforcing messages and practical ideas of what citizens can do before change can happen. But it raises questions about what in fact can stimulate citizens to act.

Sauti za Wananchi

Sauti za Wananchi (Voices of Citizens) is a new initiative that uses mobile phones to regularly collect information from a broad cross-section of Tanzanian citizens. The initiative will allow survey data to be gathered quickly and efficiently, at low cost, to inform citizens of what's going on and to support policy-makers to be more responsive to the needs and aspirations of citizens.

Bibi steps in 2013 Calendar Tanzania

Twaweza's 2013 calendar is focused on health, featuring an unlikely hero. Can citizens really make a difference to the availability of medicines at their local health facilities? How do donkeys help doctors? And how far might a simple 'thank you' take you? Read on

Africa's first nationally representative mobile phone survey launched

Until now, the only types of data that have been available to provide insight into national realities are administrative or survey data. Administrative data often suffer from quality issues and survey data are costly in terms of resources and time. Sauti za Wananchi provides new infrastructure to address these challenges. A nationally representative sample of citizens can be contacted regularly through mobile phones, to provide opinions and report on local realities.

KiuFunza - thirst to learn - launched

A new education intervention, KiuFunza, involving sending of capitation grants directly to schools and paying teachers a bonus for performance has been launched.

Your chance to run the Open Government Partnership

Submit nominations for civil society members of the Open Government Partnership Steering Committee.

Twaweza and Uwezo Annual Plans 2013 Ready

Twaweza has just released the 2013 Annual Plans for its Uwezo initiative and main Twaweza citizen engagement work. You can see what we plan to do and achieve, and some of the core ideas that inform our thinking. Plus expected outputs, potential partners and detailed budgets.
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