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Annual Plan 2019

The Annual Plan 2019 is the first of our new strategic period 2019-2022. In 2019 we look forward to diving into the implementation of our new citizen agency and civic space strategy while transitioning smoothly out of the education domain.

In Tanzania, we will be pushing forward with work to galvanize citizen collective action and government responsiveness in two districts with our partner Tamasha.

In Uganda, we have had the benefit of a ‘research first’ approach to the local citizen agency work as we commenced five different studies that look broadly at the question of citizen participation in 2018. This year we will finalize the studies, synthesize the emerging insights and design an intervention based on what we have learned. Exciting lessons and new ideas are already emerging.

We are looking forward to getting indicative early insight into whether one of our major new hypotheses holds true; namely whether progressive champions in government can be supported to spread their practices and ideas, and whether localized examples of citizen agency can be amplified and leveraged into a more systematic change at national level.

Sauti za Wananchi is a pillar of our new strategy, informing much of our advocacy and engagement and seeking to ensure that we are legitimate and grounded in our work. In this new strategy, Sauti za Wananchi will be more targeted at ensuring the inclusion of citizens’ voices in decision-making. So in Tanzania and Uganda, we are initiating research to understand how civil servants view citizen participation and what in their contexts enables or constrains the same.

And finally, we will continue our work pushing back against the closing civic space. We will do this by working in coalition with other actors on collective engagement with relevant legislative and policy processes, strategic litigation against problematic policies, laws and regulations. Public discourse will be animated through a strong strand of traditional and digital media engagement. We will also engage in scenarios work with public servants around civic space as an innovative approach to re-engaging government and the public in these conversations.

In the education domain, the keyword for the year will be transition. We will be embarking on engagement around our most recently collected Uwezo data in Tanzania and Uganda while also conducting a number of small experiments to inform a new strategy for an independent (or hosted) Uwezo. These include the development of a framework to assess everyday adult literacy and numeracy among young people, expanding our assessment of early childhood education and reviewing legal and policy obstacles to achieving quality learning outcomes. We will also be fundraising aggressively for both strands of work.

In terms of our methodological innovations to discover what works in education, we have achieved particular success around the curriculum research. In Tanzania and Uganda, both in the early stages of a reform process, key officials in curriculum development institutes and ministries of education have bought into the value of the methodology and the analysis we have conducted so far. So we will be training them to incorporate the methodology in their own curriculum development frameworks and processes.

Positive deviance similarly has yielded some powerful insights in Tanzania and Uganda. We will be working to share those insights and the practices identified through the research to communities and schools. We will also be advocating for uptake of the methodology and lessons among peer civil society organizations.

And finally, KiuFunza III will kick off in earnest. Designed with deep collaboration from two government ministries in Tanzania, we have made a number of cost-saving and simplifying amendments to the original methodology with a view to larger scale rollouts. We have been planning and preparing for this work extensively in 2018 and are ready to hit the ground running with a rollout in 2019.

This is Twaweza’s first real foray into systems reform and we are looking forward to seeing whether we can translate all this willingness and positive signalling from the government into concrete and tangible gains in learning outcomes for children.

In short, the breadth of our ambition has not diminished even as we sharpen the focus of our work to one particular domain. We will continue to implement creatively, learn rigorously, and adapt flexibly to a more fluid context, all the while staying true to our core values and principles.

Read more: Annual plan Twaweza East Africa

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