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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.

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...

Under less pressure? Kenyans’ views and experiences on livelihoods and food security

Poor and less well educated households are much more likely to engage in livestock farming while wealthier and better educated households are more likely to be formally employed. Read more...

Twaweza Audited Financial Statements 2018

Twaweza's financial statements are subjected to independent audit each year. Once approved by the Board, these are disclosed to the public. Read more...

Call for proposals | Understanding and enhancing access to public information and citizen participation

Twaweza is seeking the services of a consultant to assess Civil Servants’ Perspectives and Experiences on Access to Information and Citizen Participation in Local Development Decision Processes in Tanzania Read more...

The Big Four Agenda: Kenyans’ views on current public policy issues

Despite some positive indications in citizens’ views about corruption management, 8 out of 10 Kenyans (77%) cite corruption as the main reason why the government’s agenda may not succeed. Other factors are named by far fewer people (politics – ... Read more...

Women in Mwanga Kusini in Kigoma face rape and violence | #SasaBasi

Scores of women in Kigoma are living in fear since 2016 because of an organised crime phenomenon known as Teleza. Women, particularly those who live without men in their homes, are at risk of having their homes broken into by unknown men and then bei... Read more...

Banking, mobile money and taxes: Ugandans’ experiences of and opinions on financial inclusion

A majority of citizens (79%) say that they think mobile money services are too expensive. This is compared to 3 out of 10 (32%) who said the same one year before. This coincides with the introduction of excise duty on mobile money transactions. Read more...

Uwezo at the CIES Conference in San Francisco

Uwezo is participating in the Annual Comparative and International Education Society conference in San Francisco under the theme of Education for Sustainability. Read more...

More food, less money: Ugandans’ experiences and opinions on poverty and livelihoods

If given a cash injection of UGX 350,000 from the government, on average Ugandans are likely to spend close to half of it (44%) on starting or growing a business, 18% on agriculture and 13% on school fees. Read more...

Latest publications

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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...