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Archive for 2015

Professionalising M&E in South Africa

9 November 2015

A key point of discussion at the 5th Biennial SAMEA Conference was on professionalising Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in South Africa. “There are polarising views from some of the forerunners in the industry,” says Shariefah Mahomed, Creative Consulting & Development Works Research Assistant. “There are strong arguments for both sides.  […]

Evaluation improves lives

9 November 2015

With the title “Using Evaluation to Improve People’s Lives”, the  5th Biennial SAMEA Conference invited participants to go back to the beginning and consider the fundamental questions of “why do we do what we do?” and “what are we trying to achieve?” “This year’s SAMEA Conference served as a debriefing […]

Learnings from SAMEA: What is expected of evaluators?

9 November 2015

The 5th Biennial SAMEA Conference, held from the 14th to the 16th October 2015 in Johannesburg provided an ideal opportunity for the Creative Consulting  & Development Works (CC&DW) team to engage with current debates, share knowledge and collaborate. The growth and expansion of evaluation in South Africa was a strong […]

Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment

4 November 2015

“Older persons make wide-ranging contributions to economic and social development. However, discrimination and social exclusion persist. We must overcome this bias in order to ensure a socially and economically active, secure and healthy ageing population.” – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the International Day of […]

Using evaluation to create the world we want

19 October 2015

Established in November 2005, the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) strives to cultivate a vibrant community that will support, guide and strengthen the development of Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) as an important discipline, profession and instrument for empowerment and accountability in South Africa – used in a manner […]

10 tips for moving beyond community politics

19 October 2015

Research fieldwork can be daunting as it is, but when the community is not on your side, it can be near impossible. It is essential as a researcher conducting research in the field to strive to overcome this obstacle by acknowledging the importance of community buy-in. To have the community […]

Women in the workplace: how far have we come in achieving equality?

8 September 2015

As women, we must stand up for ourselves. As women, we must stand up for each other. As women, we must stand up for justice for all.”   – Michelle Obama. For years, women have been setting the stage for change and equality in South Africa through their efforts to […]

Women united in moving South Africa forward

7 August 2015

Freedom cannot be achieved unless the women can be emancipated from all forms of oppression. – Nelson Mandela                 Every year on August 9th, we celebrate the anniversary of the Women’s March, which took place in 1956. The march was coordinated by the […]

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

6 August 2015

“Every country must join together to overcome this transnational threat by supporting and protecting victims while pursuing and prosecuting the criminals. On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, let us resolve to act as one in the name of justice and dignity for all.” Secretary-General of the United Nations, […]

Meet the faces behind Creative Consulting & Development Works

9 July 2015

Our Creative Consulting & Development Works (CC&DW) team is committed to excellence and to fostering the greater good in South Africa. Our team gives 120% to projects we work on, the research we conduct and the evaluations we undertake for our clients. As 2015 unfolds we introduce you to our […]