Rakesh Rajani

Founder of Twaweza, an independent civil society organization
Focus Area(s)
Civil Service
Critical Tasks
Civil service corruption
Evaluating performance
Andrew Schalkwyk
Country of Reform
Dar es Salaam
Tanzania, United Republic of
Date of Interview
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Rakesh Rajani, founder of independent civil society organization Twaweza, discusses public sector reform in Tanzania.  He explains the role donors had in defining and implementing the reforms.  Rajani details why he believes many of these reforms largely failed, from a lack of involvement and impetus from the public to issues of corruption and low government legitimacy.  He points out that Tanzania lacked two important elements of successful reform: leadership for reform within government, and independent, robust evaluation of government projects and reforms.  Finally, he explains his belief that capacity-building programs, as they were designed at the time of the interview, were not sufficient to solve capacity gaps within the public sector.

Full Interview

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Rakesh Rajani - Full Interview

At the time of this interview, Rakesh Rajani was the founder and head of Twaweza, a civil society organization that worked toward transparency and accountability within Tanzania.  He also founded and served as executive director from 2001 to 2007 of HakiElimu, an organization to promote public engagement in governance.  Rajani earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and English literature from Brandeis University in the United States, and a master’s of theological study from Harvard University in 1989.  He was also a fellow of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative.

capacity building
Donor Relations
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