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Partner Monitoring Reports

Monitoring is one of the most important things we do. It helps us to see if our partnerships are achieving what we set out to do, what the challenges are and what needs to be changed. With the lessons learned we’re able to tweak our partnerships to make them better each year, and to be more acountable ot the citizens we aim to serve.

Three experiments to improve learning

Twaweza has developed a draft note, 'Three Experiments to Improve Learning Outcomes: Delivering capitation grants better and testing local cash on delivery,' on incentivizing learning in schools. The basic idea involves paying a set amount for every child that achieves proficiency in early grade literacy and numeracy, and to contrast it with an input based incentive such as the capitation grant. A set of randomized control trials (RCTs) will be used to rigorously measure impact.

Uwezo film plays on Uganda buses

Buses in Uganda have begun showing the Uwezo produced film Kyosiga's Dream, to entertain and educate passengers as they travel, New Vision newspaper reports. Uwezo produced the film to show the daily struggles of an 11 year old student and the importance of parents being involved in their children's education.

Kenya Budget Dashboard Launched

Twaweza East Africa launched the Kenya Budget Dashboard on June 18, 2012 in Nairobi. The launch brought together actors from the media, government agencies, civil society and other non-state actors with an interest in budgets and public finance. The online Dashboard allows citizens to follow their tax money by seeing how the government allocates public funds.

Uwazi weighs in on 2012/13 TZ budget

Politicians, economists, academics and business people had much to say after the release of Tanzania's 2012/2013 budget on June 14. Rose Aiko, Senior Analyst with Uwazi at Twaweza, told The Citizen newspaper that this year's budget is smaller than last year's, when inflation is taken into account, and predicts a tough year ahead for the country.

Maternal health in Dar es Salaam

Round 13 of the Listening to Dar survey focused on health, and in particular on maternal health.

If development were soccer...

'...before the whistle blows, there would be drawn-out negotiations on the definition of a penalty, a task force established to appoint the referee, and a manual drafted on how to procure the whistle. That this is frustrating, wastes time, and generates ill will is bad enough. Worse still, it disrupts the flow of achieving development, draining it of creativity, motivation, and a clear-headed strategy.' So writes Twaweza Head Rakesh Rajani in his article 'If Development Were Soccer.' The article has been published in the new book Frontiers in Development compiled by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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