Leadership Group Member, Ashoka
Policy makers regularly make decisions for the whole country, but with poor access to the experiences and realities of a large majority of citizens. It is also difficult for them to know whether policies are properly implemented or actually working. Citizens equally do not have an easy way to know what is going on around the country, and to compare their situation with others’.
Until now, the only types of data that have been available to provide insight into national realities are administrative or survey data. Administrative data often suffer from quality issues and survey data are costly in terms of resources and time. At this CGD seminar, Elvis Mushi will talk about Sauti za Wananchi (Voices of Citizens), a new Twaweza initiative that uses mobile phones to regularly collect information from a broad cross-section of Tanzanian citizens. The initiative allows survey data to be gathered quickly and efficiently, at low cost.
Twaweza is a founding member of Feedback Labs, a consortium of nine philanthropic and international development organizations committed to making governments, NGOs and donors more responsive to the needs of their constituents.