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Budget Visualisation Dashboard Launched

Uwazi at Twaweza has just launched an easy to use Budget Visualisation Dashboard. The aim is to make the use of public money in Tanzania -- from both taxpayers and donors -- more accessible and understandable. As a result citizens, journalists, members of Parliament and NGOs will now be in a better position to know how the money is spent, and to ask questions about it. The information can be viewed in different ways.

World Bank Chief Economist praises Twaweza

When Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President for Development Economics of the World Bank, Mr Justin Yifu Lin visited Twaweza on May 2, he said he was encouraged by Twaweza's focus on citizen agency and service delivery.The meeting with Twaweza was part of the World Bank delegation's official visit to Tanzania.

New 2011 Calendar Released

Twaweza's 2011 calendar, released in conjunction with Uwezo Tanzania, focuses on learning. It provides tools for measuring children's literacy and prompts citizens to take action. Over 250,000 copies are being distributed across Tanzania.

The Twaweza co-produced edition of Makutano Junction runs on Citizen TV

Season 11 of the famous Makutano Junction drama has started running on Kenyan Citizen TV channel on Wednesdays at 7.35 am. This particular edition of the series was co-produced by Twaweza and Mediae and seeks to raise public awareness on issues that affect citizens everyday life like basic education, health and water and encourage them to take charge, engage with the processes and demand for better services.

Learning inequalities in Kenya favour children from wealthier families

"Article 53 of Kenya's constitution emphasizes every child has an equal right to education however the question we raise is does every child have an equal opportunity?" says Sara Ruto, the Uwezo Regional manager.

For Water the Poor Pay More, The Rich Pay less in Kenya

Absence of a formula based approach to budget allocation at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation has led to large inequities for water access in Kenya, with the poor paying more compared to the rich, and millions going without adequate access everyday. This finding is contained in a new analytical brief released by Twaweza titled "It's Our Water Too! Bringing Greater Equity in Access to Water in Kenya." Uwazi analysts have aggregated facts from a range of credible sources that demonstrate that persistent inequalities in access to water services in Kenya can be quickly reduced if an approach that links investments and resource allocation to needs rather than political weight is adopted and implemented. Fortunately, key data for such a formula are now available from the 2009 population census and the national poverty maps.

Uwazi analysis on budget openness launched in Kigali

Without information about budget allocations and execution, citizens are left clueless on how their tax money is spent. Public scrutiny of the budget process is crucial to any system of checks and balances. How do countries in East Africa fare in this regard? The International Budget Partnership (IBP) Open Budget Survey (OBS) systematically assesses how accessible or 'open' budget processes are to citizens. In 2010, the Survey was conducted globally in 92 countries, the largest survey of its kind.
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