16 Dec 2009

Unintended consequences

I was challenged earlier this week by the idea that work trying to increase the accountability of government to citizens could even have a negative effect - that it could reduce accountability rather than strengthen it. This unlikely-sounding idea might actually have a point in many cases, and we need to make sure that we at Daraja are avoiding this.

9 Dec 2009

Uhuru, Amani na Umoja

Today is Tanzanian independence day, exactly 48 years since the end of colonial rule on the mainland. This is obviously a day to celebrate, as without freedom there is very little that matters.

It is also a day to think about where the country has come in the past 48 years, and to think about where it's going.