Citizens, radios, noticeboards: Information demand and supply in Tanzania

Almost all (97%) citizens recognise the picture of H.E. President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, while less than 1 out of 10 of them can explain MKUKUTA (7%) or Vision 2025 (5%). The best known high profile national policy is Kilimo Kwanza which 3 out of 10 citizens (33%) have heard of and can explain. After President Kikwete, less than half (48%) can identify Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda. At the same time, almost half (42%) of citizens would like government to make more data and information public.

These findings were released by Twaweza in a research brief titled Citizens, radios, noticeboards: Information demand and supply in Tanzania. The brief is based on data from Sauti za Wananchi, a nationally representative mobile phone survey of households across mainland Tanzania.

The recent switch to digital television and the newly introduced SIM card tax have created national debate on access to information and communication. Sauti za Wananchi sought to find out how Tanzanians primarily access information and of what type, whether citizens were aware of politicians and policies and whether there is demand for information from government.

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