Tanzania recently signed up to a global initiative called the Open Government Partnership, which is aimed at increasing accountability and transparency within governments. In order to gain membership into the OGP Tanzania has pledged 25 commitments which are to be phased in gradually over the course of the year. We at Uhuru Blog want to hold them accountable, in the spirit of the OGP, to make sure that their promises dont remain promises but are put into action. We have started the Uhuru Project where we track individual commitments and give them a grading of Promise Kept, Broken or Compromised. We will not be satisfied until all 25 commitments are fulfilled. Here, we review three critical promises that on the surface are easy to implement and some of them have already been in the pipeline for many years. Take a look, and keep an eye on the graph on the right of the screen for a quick tally of of our OGP grading.
#1.4 Produce annual citizens' budget document in a simplified language (both in Kiswahili and English).
#2.1 Improve Citizens' Website (www.wananchi.go.tz) to make it more robust and responsive as a platform for citizens to participate in the running of Government, and produce monthly reports on effectiveness of the citizen‟s website.