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Back to Index 18 November 2016

Unique collaboration at the Department of Human Settlements sets bar of excellence in Monitoring & Evaluation in the Public Sector

An exciting new initiative involving the Department of Human Settlements, Office of the Premier and NMMU Business School has resulted in the development of a customised Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) training & development programme.  

 Spearheaded by M&E Director, Lorna Solomon, this initiative began when the Department identified a need to develop and implement an M&E plan to ensure efficient delivery of relevant outcomes that can be credibly measured, also enabling the Department to identify to what extent strategic outcomes and impacts have been achieved.

“In order to effectively implement the ‘plan’, crucial competencies are required such as data collection skills, statistical analysis, economic impact, understanding of sector policies and implementation modalities, amongst many others. A particular knowledge and skills gap identified in the Department and throughout government, is in the area of Evaluation.” said M&E's Deputy Director, Soraya Chetty.

Twenty five M&E Practitioners from the Department of Human Settlements attended the first- of- a- kind training programme to improve performance monitoring and reporting. The two week training course was held at the NMMU Business School, Vincent campus in East London.

“We are proud to have partnered with the Department of Human Settlements and the Office of the Premier to conceptualize their first course developed in a joint collaboration, to address the skills gap identified and meet the needs of Government Departments in general.” said NMMU Business School Leadership Academy Director, Leon Mouton.

NMMU Business School hosted a Certification Ceremony on 26th October 2016, to celebrate the achievements of all students who completed the Monitoring & Evaluation for Organisational Performance Short Learning Programme.


1. Pictured above:  Guests in attendance at the Certification Ceremony representing the Department of Human Settlements, Office of the Premier and NMMU Business School

2. Pictured Above:  Department of Human Settlements students who attended the Monitoring and Evaluation and Applied Monitoring and Evaluation Short Learning Programmes.


3. Pictured above (left to right):  Department of Human Settlements HOD - Mr Gaster Sharpley, Top Student - Ms Mandisa Dinge, M & E Facilitator - Mr Johann Schnetler.