The key roles of legislatures are drafting, enacting (passing, amending and repealing) laws and exercising oversight over the executive branch of the government. In a democracy, legislators perform these roles as representatives of the people. In order to perform its essential functions, the legislative body, in this case, the Parliament of Tanzania, must be a strong institution of countervailing power to limit the discretion of the executive authority and ensure that the executive exercises its mandate in a transparent and accountable manner. In so doing, the parliament exercises “horizontal accountability” which refers to the oversight that certain branches of government are supposed to exercise over other branches of government. The legislature is an essential branch of government that should provide “horizontal accountability” and is necessary for representative democracy. There is evidence that stronger legislatures are good for democracy.
Survey findings provide citizens’ perspectives that can be compared to official UN indicators tracking progress on 12 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
At a glance Direction of the country: A majority of Tanzanians believe the country is going in the right direction and the government is handling the economy well. Country’s economic situation: The share of Tanzanians who say the country’s economic situation has improved has almost doubled. But only one in three describe their personal living […]
Towards enhanced competitiveness and export diversification of the seaweed industry along the Zanzibar-Pemba Export Corridor
This policy brief examines recent developments in seaweed value chains, particularly the constraints undermining and opportunities for enhancing the competitiveness of the seaweed sub-sector along the Zanzibar-Pemba corridor. The policy brief proffers recommendations and measures to resolve the constraints and improve the competitiveness of the seaweed sub-sector as well as diversify its export base to […]
In successive Afrobarometer survey rounds, more than seven of 10 Tanzanians have said they feel free to say what they think, placing Tanzania near the top among African countries in perceived freedom of speech. The Tanzanian news media environment, however, is only partly free, according to Freedom House assessments, and recent years have witnessed extensive […]