Writing about development, open government, politics, the media, Tanzania, water and sanitation, whatever else takes my fancy.
Real name: Ben Taylor, squarely English. Adopted name: Mtega, thoroughly Tanzanian.
My day job is as Open Development Consultant with Twaweza, though I am blogging here in a personal capacity. As such, my views do not necessarily represent those of Twaweza.
Previously, I was the founder-director of Daraja, an innovative NGO working in rural Tanzania on governance and accountability, and I worked for WaterAid for three years and SPW (now Restless Development) for six, all in Tanzania. More recently, I was (briefly) part of the Aid Info team at Development Initiatives. I have a MA in International Development from the University of Manchester, UK, and a BA in Mathematics from Oxford University.
This blog contains a mixture of new (original) and cross-posted writing. This includes some work I did while with WaterAid, Daraja and Development Initiatives, consultancy work, as well as writing published elsewhere.