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Rakesh Rajani

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Rakesh Rajani is the Head of Twaweza, meaning ‘we can make it happen’ in Swahili. Twaweza works across East Africa to enhance access to information, citizen agency and accountability in basic social service delivery. Until 2007 Rakesh served as the founding Executive Director of HakiElimu, Tanzania’s leading citizen engagement and education advocacy organization. He serves on several national and international boards, is a founding member of the Open Government Partnership, and has been a fellow of Harvard University since 1998, presently with its FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. Rakesh has written and edited over 300 papers and popular publications in English and Swahili. He studied at Brandeis and Harvard.


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