UKZN Students at SAMEA Conference
Postgraduate students Mr McCarthy Honu-Siabi (left) and Mr Uduak Johnson with their Supervisor, Dr Desiree Manicom (centre).
Two postgraduate students from the School of Social Sciences, Mr Uduak Johnson and Mr McCarthy Honu-Siabi, presented papers at the 4th Biennial South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) Conference in Johannesburg.
The Conference, focussing on monitoring and evaluation, was hosted by SAMEA, the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the national Department of Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME).
The opening address titled: “Meaningful Evaluation: Improving Use and Results, was given by Mr Collins Chabane, Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation”.
Johnson and Honu-Siabi, who are members of SAMEA, were awarded the internationally competitive Emerging Evaluator Scholarships to attend pre-conference workshops and to present their papers – co-authored by Dr Desiree Manicom – at the event.
Manicom supervised Johnson’s masters thesis and is currently supervising Honu-siabi’s masters thesis.
Johnson’s and Manicom’s paper titled: “Lessons from the NGO Sector to the Public Sector: Determining the Usefulness of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) through a Better Conceptualization of its Purposes”, received a merit award certificate for the Best Conference Paper submitted by an emerging evaluator.