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Shujaaz.FM wins second Emmy award

Twaweza partner, Shujaaz.FM, was announced last month as the winner of the 2014 International Digital Emmy, for the children and youth category.

State of East Africa Report 2012 stirs debate on greater regional integration

The Society for International Development (SID) released 'The 2012 State of East Africa Report: Deepening Integration, Intensifying Challenges' on 24 April 2012 in Dar es Salaam. The annual report compares cultural, economic, political, social and technological trends across the five East African Community countries (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda). The report's objectives are to inform, provide insight, spark imagination and be a tool for engagement.

Uwezo Kenya to launch 2011 National Assessment Report July 19

Women Educational Researchers of Kenya (WERK) has announced on its website that the report of 2011 Uwezo National Assessment will be launched on 19th July 2011 at the Kenya Institute of Education (KIE). At the same time regional launches will be taking place in various regions namely: Western, Rift Valley, Central, Eastern, North Eastern, Coast, and Eldoret. The aim of having the regional launches is to incorporate a wider pool of Educational stakeholders in the release of the findings therefore encouraging citizen action in promoting the quality of education.

Citizens Mapping Services in Tandale

Citizens are mapping an informal settlement in Tandale, Dar es Salaam in order to improve delivery of basic services. The project is managed by the GroundTruth Initiative, with support from Ardhi University, the World Bank and Twaweza. GroundTruth recently completed a similar project in Kibera, Nairobi, and lessons from Kenya are taken on board for the Tandale mapping.

Open Government Partnership takes off in East Africa

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) was formally launched, in New York, on 20th September 2011 by US President Barack Obama. Representatives from over 40 countries attended the OGP launch, including President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, President Zuma of South Africa, and ministers from Kenya.

Following these developments, at the request of President Kikwete, on three different occasions Twaweza has briefed senior officials at the State House, the Permanent Secretaries, and the full Tanzania Cabinet. The presentation to Cabinet can be downloaded here [attach low res pdf version]. Throughout these meetings President Kikwete powerfully reiterated the need to be open to citizens on issues that affect them, particularly basic services and issues of value for money. He has appointed the Minister for Good Governance, Mathias Chikawe, to lead the process on behalf of the government.

Coming soon: Kenya Budget Dashboard

Kenyans will soon be able to track how their government spends their money on Twaweza's Kenya Budget Dashboard. Development of the Kenyan portal started in December 2011 after successful work on Tanzania's. On the Kenyan Dashboard, citizens can view the percentage of the national budget that went to the various ministries from 2002 to 2011, as well as compare resources distributed to each of the country's counties.

Open Government Partnership (OGP) takes off

A potentially powerful new global initiative, the Open Government Partnership (OGP), got going in Washington DC on July 12, 2011. OGP is a global effort to make governments better. We all want more transparent, effective and accountable governments -- with institutions that empower citizens and are responsive to their aspirations.
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