Rakesh R. Rajani

Twaweza, and Co-Chair of the Open Government Partnership

Rakesh R. Rajani is Co-Chair of the Open Government Partnership and the Head of Twaweza (meaning ”we can make it happen‟ in Swahili), a ten-year initiative to enhance access to information, citizen agency and public accountability in East Africa. Until the end of 2007 he served as the founding Executive Director of HakiElimu, an independent organization that promotes citizen engagement in education in Tanzania. Rakesh’s interests include the connections between information, public pressure and social accountability; political economy of policy making; and budget transparency and public engagement. Rakesh advises/serves on several boards, including Revenue Watch, Aidspan – a watchdog of the Global Fund, the International Budget Partnership (IBP), the Institute for Democracy in Southern Africa (IDASA), the Foundation for Civil Society in Tanzania (FCS), the Tanzania Media Fund (TMF), and the Hewlett/Gates Foundations initiative on Quality Education in Developing Countries (QEDC).