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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.

Opening up government procurement in Uganda

When procurement processes are conducted in secret corruption can thrive but openness means there is more chance that wrong-doing will be caught quickly and that people will be too afraid to try to cheat. Read more...

Are we ready for August 8? Citizens’ views on politics and the elections

Citizens are evenly split on whether the upcoming elections will trigger violence: half (46%) say they will, while half (47%) say they will not. Read more...

Safety First? Security, policing and justice in Tanzania

One out of two citizens (53%) say the security situation in their neighbourhood has improved over the past year, 37% say it has stayed the same while 10% think it has gotten worse. Read more...

Enriching public and policy discourse in Kenya, one poll at a time

Sauti za Wananchi in Kenya helps government understand citizen views and public perception of service delivery. Read more...

Sauti Za Wananchi Monthly Series | Security, policing and justice in Tanzania

Sauti za Wananchi presents the most recently available nationally representative data around Tanzanians’ views on security, policing and Justice. Read more...

Feedback on curriculum analysis in Tanzania

For nearly all teachers this exercise was the first time they had a chance to speak openly in a group of peers not only about the curriculum, but also about their experiences with the current curriculum, their teaching practices and the challenges th... Read more...

Do the numbers add up? Use of the open data portal in Tanzania

Four in ten respondents (40%) said they were aware of the open data portal, though some (2%) only recognised it after a short explanation had been given to them. Read more...

Spotlight on Sustainable Development | 2017 report

Twaweza's Aidan Eyakuze contributed a piece to the 2017 edition of the Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development's Spotlight Report. This year's report is about privatization, partnerships, corporate capture and their impact on ... Read more...

What Makes a Curriculum Effective in Promoting Children’s Learning? | Concept Note

In East Africa, Uwezo assessment tests over the past five years show that only a small proportion of children attending schools are able to meaningfully master the basic learning milestones in literacy and numeracy. Twaweza is working to find out whe... 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...