Booklets to the people?

Increasing citizen’s access to relevant and useful information is one of Twaweza’s core objectives. In the context of the constitutional review process which took place in Tanzania in 2014, Twaweza collaborated with the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) in preparing three cartoon booklets to inform the public on relevant issues. The booklets contained easy to read stories with illustrations, to inform citizens of their rights on specific issues, suggest ways in which citizens could address these issues, and encourage engagement in debates. In total, 750,000 booklets were printed and distributed through the LHRC network, as well as a number of partner organizations across mainland Tanzania.

But what do we know about the effectiveness of these channels in distributing the booklets? To find out, Twaweza conducted an independent verification exercise; this report summarizes the findings from the study. Main findings show that:

  • 48.5% of respondents received all three booklets, and 95% of the respondents who received the booklets further distributed them to citizens
  • The Katiba ni nini booklet was the most liked and also the most widely distributed booklet
  • Respondents reported to having found the information on rights and responsibilities useful

In conclusion, distribution in rural areas is always a challenge, and this network performed reasonably well. On the other hand, there remain open questions on the relevance of the booklets from the perspective of the end-users, that is, citizens receiving the booklets.

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Authors: Varja Lipovsek



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