What the People Expect of Members of Parliament (MPs), and What They Perceive Their MPs are Delivering
Members of Parliament face a challenging task in fulfilling their core and at times conflictingresponsibilities within government and society. They are expected to provide a voice for the people, i.e.,represent their constituents’ interests and views within the national government. They are also expectedto provide services to improve lives and livelihoods within their constituencies. In addition, MPs areexpected to legislate, i.e., draft and enact new laws, and amend and improve existing laws. And finally,MPs are expected to provide oversight of the executive branch of government (the President, theCabinet and the government bureaucracy). However, Afrobarometer observations show that, it is notuncommon in Africa that MPs spend a disproportionate amount of their time on constituency services- which is often the most visible aspect of their work to voters, and thus important in attracting votes- at the expense of their other core functions. As a result, many African legislatures remain weak andunable to challenge strong presidents or provide the necessary checks and balances on presidentialpower
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 […]