Programs & Projects

Twaweza-East Africa



Twaweza, which means “we can make it happen” in Swahili, is a 10-year, citizen-centered initiative that focuses on large-scale change in East Africa. The initiatiave believes that lasting change requires bottom-up action and seeks to foster conditions and expand opportunities through which millions of people can get information and make change happen in their own communities. Twaweza’s Uwezo initiative is a “citizen movement-based” approach to assessing literacy and numeracy levels in East Africa. Uwezo is engaged in monitoring basic literacy and numeracy levels of children age 5-16 years across at least 50 percent of the districts in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda through a household-based survey. The student team identified a business and technology solution that made Twaweza’s Uwezo work seamlessly in terms of hiring, due diligence, financial flow management, and physical logistics.

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