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ShujaazFM on YouTube

ShujaazFM, Kenya's interactive multimedia project and Twaweza partner is now available on YouTube. The ShujaazFM YouTube channel adds a cool new strand to its collection of social media platforms which previously included Facebook and Twitter. ShujaazFM comics are reportedly the largest print publication in Kenya, with over 600,000 copies of its books distributed every month. Its pirate comic radio show is broadcasted on 20 local radios and has thousands of fans interacting through Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Tanzania and Kenya to commit to be more open to citizens

The governments of Tanzania and Kenya will join over 40 other countries in pledging to be more open to their citizens, by signing on to the Open Government Partnership at a high level event on Tuesday 20 September 2011.

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 to launch on September 20

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) will be launched in New York on 20 September 2011, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The event will be graced by Heads of State, led by the co-chairs of the initiative, U.S President Barack Obama and the President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil. The OGP is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

We want your ideas on our strategy!

Twaweza's main strategy document is being updated. It charts out a situation analysis, our idea of how change happens, our Programs and how we expect to learn.
We want to know what you think about our strategy. What do you like? What doesn't make sense? How can it be sharpened? Tell us. Send your views to ideas@twaweza.org

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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