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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.

Language of instruction and learning outcomes in refugee contexts

There is a severe issue with overage children in lower primary. On average, refugee children were three years older than they should be for their grade. Read more...

Consultancy | Data Management in Uganda

In 2018 Uwezo has undertaken a national assessment in 32 districts in Uganda involving approximately 960 primary schools, approximately 19,000 households and over 35,000 children. We now seek a data management firm to manage our data entry process. Read more...

Can public rankings improve school performance?

Can public rankings improve school performance? From the CfEE Annual Research Digest 2017-18: evidence from the developing world Read more...

Call for proposals: Images of inequality

The main objective of this work is to take photographs of inequalities in education in Dar es salaam and to travel to the nearest region to do the same and showcase the available inequalities. Read more...

Consultancy | Perspectives and Experiences of Civil Servants

Twaweza is seeking proposals for a consultancy to investigate the perspectives and experiences of civil servants on access to information (supply side) and citizen participation. Read more...

Deep Dive: Shaping Learning Questions in a Funder Collaborative

How can a funder collaborative engage with evidence to improve grantmaking practice? The first step is to ask the right learning questions. Read more...

Citizens are hungry for information | Right to know day

Eight out of ten say information held by public authorities is a public resource (77%) and that citizens should be able to access information from government (78%). Read more...

Amendments to the Statistics Act | Our View

As a stakeholder in independent research and data collection, Twaweza has analysed the proposed revisions to the Statistics Act (2015). It is worth noting that elements of the amended act remain open to competing perspectives, depending on one’s va... Read more...

The haves and the have nots: Ugandans’ views and opinions on poverty, fairness and inequality

Over half (54%) of Ugandans say that the reason people are poor is laziness or a lack of personal effort. External factors such as social injustice (29%), luck (16%) and unemployment (11%) are mentioned by fewer people. Read more...

Latest publications

Sauti za Wananchi


Highlighted


  • Ideas & Evidence event on 6-7 March 2018: In our position as one of the prominent independent, civil society voices in Tanzania and the region, this event is a continuation of our open conversation on knowledge, information, evidence, citizen agen... Read more...


  • 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...