Monitoring and Evaluation

Putting the Focus on Strengthening SA’s Evaluation Culture and Capacity this October

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) practices are integral to the policy-making, corporate social investment (CSI) and development industries in South Africa because they improve performance and development impact, foster accountability, inform and guide decision-making, and widen our knowledge base.
 

Economic Policy Research Institute: Designing and Implementing Social Transfer Programmes

Around the world, developing countries are increasingly recognising the value of social transfer programmes in reducing extreme poverty, with success stories in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI), together with the UNU-MERIT/Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), is offering a two-week course including a number of specialised modules aimed at providing participants with an in-depth understanding of the conceptual and practical issues involved in the development of social transfer programmes.

South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association: Coordinator

The South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) strives to cultivate a vibrant community that will support, guide and strengthen the development of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) as an important discipline, profession and instrument for empowerment and accountability in South Africa.

SAMEA seeks to appoint a part-time Coordinator, based in South Africa.

Effective CSI Programmes Need Evaluation

Since 2009, the development sector has made a notable shift in the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) practices of corporate social investment (CSI) programmes.
 
Trialogue reported in their 2012 CSI Handbook that while the sector is still focusing less on evaluations, monitoring of programmes has improved from tracking only expenditure to additionally tracking outputs and outcomes indicators; and conducting site visits of funded projects.
 

APRM to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year.

The celebration is likely to focus on increasing the awareness on the importance of its work, reflecting on the progress achieved and the challenges faced.

The APRM, which was established by the Heads of State and Government of New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), serves as an instrument for monitoring performance in governance in African countries.

Completing the Circle: Some Thoughts on Why Measurement is Becoming Increasingly Important

As money becomes tight the field of social investment becomes more demanding and competitive. Increasingly, funders are having to report more stringently on not just the work that is being done in the field, but the impact of that work – what is being achieved and how. As always, there is downward pressure being applied on nonprofits to deliver the data.

M&E on a Shoestring Budget

The funding crisis has impacted the non-governmental organisation (NGO) sector on various levels. Numerous organisations have had to close their doors and many more had no choice but to scale down operations. This has affected not only the scope of work, but often also the quality of services that the organisations can offer.

You Have a Duty to Know if Your CSI Works

As the corporate social responsibility sector evolves, so should monitoring and evaluation (M&E) practices.

There were 65 000 nonprofit organisations registered with the Department of Social Development at the end of March last year, which are some of the tremendous number of organisations in South Africa that have been formed with the intention of alleviating social problems; of ‘doing good’.

National Planning Commission Announced

President Jacob Zuma has unveiled a new National Planning Commission (NPC), tasked with charting a long-term and cohesive development strategy for the economy.

The NPC, whose 25 members are drawn from as broad a spectrum as possible of industry and society, will be chaired by National Planning Minister, Trevor Manuel.

Zuma points out that, "While each of these areas of work relate to an aspect of government's work, the commission is asked to take an independent, cross-cutting, critical and long-term view."

UNESCO Launches Global Monitoring Report

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has launched the Global Monitoring Report.

The focus of the report this year is ‘reaching the marginalised’ and how to bring basic education to the world's most forgotten people.

The report shows that while steady progress has been made in improving worldwide education, there is still significant work to be done.

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