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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.

Do they know? Data on voter knowledge

Almost half of all citizens (46%) report that policies are most important determining their choice of President. No other issue was nearly as important: the next most popular criteria was morality and ethics, mentioned by 17% of citizens. Read more...

Great expectations: Citizens' views about the gas sector

Citizens are significantly misinformed about the potential of the country’s gas deposits. Almost 2 out of 10 (or 17%) think that they will be employed in the sector. Read more...

Mkikimkiki 2015 Election debates launched

Twaweza announces the launch and commencement of the election dialogues series, Mkikimkiki 2015. The debates are set to provide an opportunity and platform for political parties to share their plans and priorities for the country with citizens. Read more...

Learning Note 4: Measuring impacts of Makutano Junction

This post examines the measures used in research asking whether mass communication contributes to positive behavior change among citizens? Read more...

Tanzania: are our children learning?

While 100% of children in Standard 3 should be able to read basic English and Kiswahili stories, and do simple mathematics of class two level , a new citizen-led assessment report reveals that very few are able to do so. Read more...

Twaweza and Uwezo 2014 Audited Financial Statements

Twaweza's financial statements are subjected to independent audit each year. Once approved by the Board, these are disclosed to the public. Audited Financial Statements for 2014 for Twaweza and Uwezo programs can be found here. Read more...

The key to life? Citizens’ views on education

In this brief, we report citizens’ views on education, with a focus on the quality of secondary school education. Read more...

Twaweza Strategy 2015-2018

Twaweza is now beginning the second phase of our ten-year initiative, on the foundation of the rich lessons and experience from the initial years. We have learned much, and have made some significant changes, which we outline in this new strategy –... Read more...

Request for Proposals | Scoping study on Freedom of Information law in Uganda

Twaweza is seeking a consultant to conduct a scoping study to identify and document blockages to effective use of existing Freedom of Information Law in Uganda, identify demand for data and information and the "state of" intermediaries and how to wor... Read more...

Latest publications

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Highlighted


  • 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...


  • One out of three citizens (33%) on Tanzania Mainland does not know who they will vote for in the upcoming presidential election. No single potential candidate is preferred by more than 15% of the voters. Read more...


  • How (un)equal is East Africa? And does it matter? Twaweza's Open Development Consultant Ben Taylor @mtega has produced a video on the topic for his blog, drawing from recently published data. Read more...