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This section contains all publications produced by Twaweza. It also includes some produced by our partners. To access the publication click on the download link below each title. To access a summary click on 'read more'. Many of these are pdfs of hard copy materials or powerpoint presentations so check file size before you download.

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Mobile phones and citizen surveys

Each year the Guardian newspaper hosts the Activate Summit, bringing together inspiring figures from around the world who are using technology and the internet to make the world a better place. Rakesh Rajani, Head of Twaweza, was invited to speak at the 2011 Summit in London, England. He described Twaweza's work on the soon to be launched Wananchi Survey. Between 1,200 and 2,500 people from each of the East African countries Twaweza works in will be regularly called on their mobile phones to answer a set of questions, ranging from the monitoring of services to opinions on current events. Within a week the data can be crunched and the results made public. The use of mobile phones for citizen surveys drastically reduces the time and money spent on traditional large scale surveys.

Education in Tanzania: A mirage of progress

One of every five dollars in the Tanzanian budget goes to education. And yet, learning outcomes remain low. Full capitation grants are not reaching schools, teachers are only instructing students for an average of two hours and four minutes each day and the majority of students in all levels of primary school are not able to pass a Standard 2 test.

Twaweza is about information

'Twaweza is about enabling people on the ground to have information,' so says Twaweza Head Rakesh Rajani. At Twaweza we are most interested in sharing two types of information. The first is comparative, providing information on allocated resources, so communities and districts know how they stand up to their neighbours. Secondly, we aim to share stories of change so that citizens can learn how others like them have brought change to their communities. In this way, we hope to spark the imagination of people across East Africa.

The Five Networks

Twaweza works through networks that existed across East Africa long before we did. We call these the 'five networks': mobile phones, mass media, religion, consumer goods, and teachers' unions.

At Twaweza We See the World in Two Parts

Twaweza Head Rakesh Rajani speaks of the development world in East Africa. He compares officialdom to real life. Officialdom is where people give excuses and wait for others to solve problems. In real life people figure things out on their own.

How transparency and accountability can make development work

'How transparency and accountability can make development work' was a presentation made to the Board of the Hewlett Foundation, one of our donors. The presenation talks of how transparency and accountability can energize development by creating opportunities for people to know, connect and act and by providing incentives for those in charge to be more responsive and deliver. Transparency and accountability enables citizens to reclaim government and make services work for them.

Citizens making stuff happen

Things may be moving slowly in the world of officialdom. But people are not always waiting for their governments to do everything in their daily lives. According to Rakesh Rajani, Twaweza's Head, despite bureaucratic service delivery systems citizens find ways to get things done.
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