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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.

Are our children learning? Uwezo learning assessment in refugee contexts in Uganda

Levels of learning are poor across refugee and non-refugee contexts, although in some cases, refugee communities perform better than host communities. Read more...

Health Check: Ugandans' experiences and opinions on health services

Three out of ten Ugandans have experienced an accident or injury in the past six months, either personally (4%) or through a friend (12%) or household member (16%). Read more...

Twaweza Policy Manuals 2019

Twaweza operations are governed by policies which aim at enabling the application of fair, consistent, transparent and accountable governance and management. Read more...

Uwezo data on learning

Hundreds and thousands of data points from six years of the Uwezo Annual Learning Assessment. Read more...

Twaweza Staff Immersion | Mwanga Region, Tanzania 2017

Immersion at Twaweza is based on the belief that there is no better way to learn and understand than to participate. We experience day to day lives of the regular citizens and we seek to connect with both (local) government and other local authoritie... Read more...

Miscellaneous Amendments No. 3 Act, 2019 | analysis

The combined amendments make significant changes to the entire structure of a sector and a fundamental part of our society. It is imperative that we ensure that we think collectively and carefully about the possible outcomes and consequences of these... Read more...

Sowing the seeds of change? Twaweza introspection on the public agency pilot

Twaweza East Africa piloted an approach to catalyze public agency at the sub-national level in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, with the education sector as an entry point, and the issue of teacher and pupil absenteeism as the problem in focus. Read more...

Critical review of Twaweza | Tanzania Report

The overall feedback on Twaweza is positive. The organization is considered to be one of the most reliable and powerful CSOs in the country. Read more...

The challenges of public agency in public primary schooling: lessons from Kenya

The initiative, known as Husika, which translates into English as get involved, was born to bring together local level stakeholders (pupils, parents, teachers and leaders) to collectively find solutions to challenges facing the education sector in th... 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...