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No budget transparency in East Africa

Countries of East Africa give too limited information about their budgets to the public. They fail to publish key budget documents and provide little information in the documents that are published and released. Countries also largely ignore public voice in the budget process. In this way they make it virtually impossible for citizens to hold their governments to account for the way tax money is spent.

Are Tanzania's tax exemptions too generous?

Tanzania grants high levels of tax exemptions relative to what it collects in revenue. This raises concerns about whether the practice is justified for a country that can barely raise enough to finance its budget. Analysis in this brief shows that tax exemptions have increased sharply during the second part of this decade and suggests that Tanzania could make significant savings in revenues if it granted tax exemptions less liberally.

Did they perform? Assessing five years of Bunge 2005-2010

On 31 October Tanzanians will elect a new President and a 10th Parliament (Bunge). Many of those standing for election served during the 9th Bunge between 2005 and 2010. How did these MPs perform? Did they participate actively and represent their constituencies by asking questions and making interventions, or were they silent backbenchers?

Should Tanzania Borrow Commercially?

At the time of tabling the 2010/11 budget in June 2010, Tanzania's finance Minister announced Government's plan to borrow commercially for infrastructure financing. This stands out as a bold attempt to break away from the aid dependency syndrome. At the same time it raises questions.

Debt watch September 2010

Ministry of finance Tanzania announced recently that the government will borrow commercially from foreign lenders in 2010/11. Most of the money will go into infrastructure financing. Given that new commercial borrowing is possible mainly because Tanzania enjoyed significant debt relief under HIPC and MDRI, should this be opportunity be embraced? Could this lead to Tanzania requesting another debt relief in the future?

Do water kiosks comply with official tariffs?

The price charged by water kiosks in Dar es Salaam is more than the official tariff of 20 Shillings per 20 liters set by EWURA. Analysis done by Uwazi suggests that the official tariff is widely ignored and that households pay uo to 200 shillings per 20 liters. The analysis suggests serious shortcomings in oversight by EWURA at ensuring that clean water remains affordable to all.

Secondary school in Tanzania: More students, less money

After dramatically increasing enrolment in primary schooling, the Government of Tanzania is now implementing an ambitious program to expand secondary education. However, this expansion has placed its own strains on resources and there are many questions about how the policy works in practice.
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