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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.

Sauti za Wananchi meets the OGP Global Summit 2016

Sauti za Wananchi goes to Paris, via the Open Government Partnership (OGP) global summit. The Summit brings together over 3,000 participants with an interest in collaborative governance. Read more...

Citizens' views on media freedoms

As the new Media Services Act is signed into law, Twaweza collated citizens' views on democracy, media and free expression in Tanzania. Read more...

Reality Check: Citizens’ views on education in a fee free era

Views of citizens about the state of education in Tanzania over the last one year; given that the current government has focused on improving the quality of education by providing desks, fee-free education and capitation grants that are sent directly... Read more...

The roots of radicalization: Citizens’ views on the causes and solutions for insecurity in Kenya

A report that shows what Kenyan citizens think about radical groups; their suggestions on how to manage radicalism and if they think the Kenya Defense Forces should return home. Read more...

Searching for that elusive public agency

Twaweza is working to actualize the citizen state contract in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Read more...

Media Service Bill Analysis: Undermining President Magufuli's fight on corruption

Aidan Eyakuze, looking at the year that President Magufuli has been in office, explains how the media services bill will make it difficult for his one major tool to fight corruption, the media, to operate in full force. Read more...

Media Service Bill Analysis: A step backwards for free and independent media

Aidan Eyakuze refers to the quote by Thomas Jefferson in analysing the media services bill. "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to pr... Read more...

Learning Note 11: Does going to school equal learning? Conversations about learning in ten districts in Tanzania

Views from the Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation unit at Twaweza regarding a recent qualitative study on the state of education and learning outcomes in Tanzania, among district-level decision makers. Read more...

The status of our healthcare sector: A citizen diagnosis

According to recent survey, almost all Kenyans think the health sector has problems. Half (47%) say it has major problems and the other half (45%) say the problems are minor. Read more...

Latest publications

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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...