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South Africa

The Government-Wide Monitoring and Evaluation (GWME) programme was approved by Cabinet in 2005. To effect the vision of the work enshrined in the GWME the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation was established in 2011. The Department got underway to institutionalise a national monitoring and evaluation policy.

With the aid of a study tour to Canada, South Africa implemented its very first national monitoring and evaluation policy, the Management Performance Assessment Tool (MPAT). The Department changed its name to the Department for Planning Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME). The focus of the changed Department incorporated the planning of programmes, with emphasis on the requirements for programmes to be approved, having to go through a theory of change and a clear project plan. The DPME has since sought to facilitate, influence and support effective planning, monitoring and evaluation of government programmes aimed at improving government outcomes and impact on society.

South Africa Country Staff

Ian Goldman – Management Committee Member

Ian Goldman is Head of Evaluation and Research at the South African Presidency’s Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. He is also a Commissioner (board member) of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). Ian started his career as an agronomist in Mexico in 1978-9, worked in Zambia from 1982-7 facilitating rural development through strengthening local government, in the UK from 1988-1995 (rural economic development), and then back in South Africa from 1995-8 as a change management advisor with the Free State Department of Agriculture. He wrote up this experience for his PhD in 2001. In 1998 he established a pioneering NGO (the African Institute for Community-Driven Development – Khanya-aicdd) working in Africa on issues of decentralization, rural development, sustainable livelihoods approaches, community-driven development across Southern and Eastern Africa. He has worked in 18 countries in Africa, Europe and Latin America, and with national, provincial and local government, as well as in the NGO and SME sectors.

Stanley Ntakumba – South Africa Country Manager

Mr Stanley Ntakumba works for the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in the Presidency of South Africa as Chief Director: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Policy and Capacity Building.  He is also responsible for the Knowledge Management and International Collaboration functions of DPME. He was elected to the Board of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) for a 3-year term (September 2012 to October 2015) and became its Deputy Chairperson in 2014/15.

Stanley joined the Presidency in 2007 as a Director: Government-wide M&E in the erstwhile Policy Coordination and Advisory Services (PCAS), which is a precursor of DPME. Previously he worked as research manager (Assistant Director and Deputy Director) at the Government Communication and Information System.

Furthermore, he was a researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council’s (HSRC) Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators, under the erstwhile Knowledge Systems Group. This team conducted research on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology on National Innovation, Research and Development Indicators; Information Society and Development; and Knowledge Management Practices.

Stanley’s passion is to use his skills to make a contribution towards ensuring that planning, monitoring and evaluation knowledge is used effectively to improve the quality of life in South Africa and internationally.

He is currently facilitating the establishment of a National Data Centre in partnership with Statistics South Africa and other key stakeholders.

Rendani Manugu – South Africa Country Coordinator

Rendani is an International Relations graduate. Before she joined team Twende, she worked in the International Relations office for the Department of Basic Education in South Africa where she gained knowledge on governance. In her role as Country Coordinator for Twende Mbele, Rendani is responsible for coordinating all programmes which fall under South Africa’s responsibility. These activities include adapting MPAT (Management Performance Assessment Tool) for other countries and improving Gender Responsiveness in Monitoring and Evaluation policies in South Africa.

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