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Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation: Reviewing an Inclusive Approach in the South Africa's Government Wide Monitoring and Evaluation

Noluthando Matsiliza
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 1, No 2 | a31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v1i2.31 | © 2012 Noluthando Matsiliza | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 November 2016 | Published: 01 September 2012

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Noluthando Matsiliza, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

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The premise of this paper is to canvass for the inclusion of stakeholders in participating in the Government Wide Monitoring and Evaluation (GWM&E) using the participatory monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) approach. The focus is mainly on the practicality of using participatory methods as part of the agenda to cascade the implement the M&E into different stake-holders using various methods in South Africa. A variety of public participation methods should be recognised to benchmark for the inclusion of stakeholders at the local level in the evaluation and monitoring of public programmes and projects in order to allow more space for civil society engagement in development policies and social accountability. Participation is increasingly recognised by countries as an integral part of M&E process while it offers environment for civic participation in a more inclusive and responsive approach towards service delivery and budget  allocation in South Africa. Using a qualitative approach, conclusions and recommendations from this study contribute towards monitoring and evaluation of policies, programmes and projects in the field of Public Management. This study intends to address the paucity of literature on Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation in South Africa.


Monitoring and Evaluation; Qualitative Approach; South Africa


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