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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.

Twaweza is immersing itself in Northern Tanzania - our offices are closed

Every year Twaweza closes its offices for one week and the whole organization, from the Executive Director to Program Assistants, travels to different villages in one of the countries in which we work. Read more...

Twaweza in the News 2016

Media monitoring is an essential component of tracking our own resonance in the media, as well as monitoring of public discourse in the areas of governance and education. Read more...

A missed opportunity | The (un)availability of information on government websites

The internet offers an unparalleled opportunity to governments and others to make a wide range of information – and potentially other services – available to the public. Read more...

Pregnancy and girls’ right to education: are we there yet?

There is a strong association between a mother’s level of education and her child’s learning levels. Read more...

Citizens and access to information in Uganda

Less than half Ugandans believe they currently have influence over local government decisions or over local services. Read more...

Simbachawene: teacher motivation matters

“You can pay a teacher 10 million shillings as their salary and they will tell you straight away why it is not enough money. But when you give that same teacher one hundred thousand as a reward for their performance, you will inspire them to do mor... Read more...

Learning Outcomes: the measure of progress for Uganda’s education

Schooling, whether we like it or not, is not just about academic performance but it has an impact on the child’s social and emotional wellbeing and health and other aspects of his/her development Read more...

Teacher incentive program helps over 48,000 students to improve in Kiswahili and Mathematics

Twaweza is rewarding 788 Standard I, II, and III subject teachers and 135 head teachers for the 2016 test performance Read more...

Incentives can help put the creativity back into teaching

When properly motivated teachers can use their creativity to help children learn, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Read more...

Latest publications

Sauti za Wananchi


Highlighted


  • 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...


  • How (un)equal is East Africa? And does it matter? Twaweza's Open Development Consultant Ben Taylor @mtega has produced a video on the topic for his blog, drawing from recently published data. Read more...