Desiree Manicom

Desiree Manicom

Dr. Desiree Manicom
Position Senior Lecturer; Academic Leader for Community Engagement
Discipline Sociology and Policy and Development Studies
Degrees BSoc Sc, HDE (UCT), BSocSc Hons, MSocSc (Natal), Phd (UKZN)
Phone 033 260 5705
Office Address Office 350, New Arts Building, Pietermaritzburg
  • Socy 703 and Socy 803 Sociology Research Modules  
  • Socy 707 Rural Studies, Gender and Development (sociology module)
  • PODS 805 Policy Monitoring and Evaluation (MA module in Policy and Development Studies Programme)
  • PODs 804 Civil Society and Policy (MA module in Policy and Development Studies Programme)
  • Public Policy Analysis ( have taught this as a  Diploma module in Policy and Development Studies Programme

Research interests
  • Civil society and Policy
  • Gender and Policy
  • Monitoring and Evaluation and Policy
  • Community Engagement/Service Learning and Tertiary education

Selected Publications
  • Nicola Jacobs, Desireé Manicom and Kevin Durrheim (2013)  “‘Help somebody       who help you’: The Effect of the Domestic Labour Relationship on South African Domestic Workers’ Ability to Exercise their Rights” in Alternation 20,1. (2013)
  • Fairuz Mullagee with Desiree Manicom  (2010) “The Status of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in South Africa: An Independent Overview”  in Africa Insight Vol 39 (4) March 2010
  • Verne Kleinsmidt with Desiree Manicom (2010) “ Policy Analysis of the Refugee Act 130  of 1998”  in Africa Insight Vol 39 (4) March 2010
  • Durrheim, K, Trotter T,  Manicom D, Piper L (2004) “From exclusion to Informal segregation: The Limits to Racial Transformation at the University of Natal” in Social Dynamics Vol (1) 2004

Research Supervision
  • Green, J. M (1999) “A Case Study: Pietermaritzburg Post Office Employees’ Perception of Employment Equity”
  • Zweli Mtolo (2002) “An analysis of restructuring and retrenchments of KZN Nature Conservation Services”
  • Magubane, N (2002) “Perceptions of Taxi Owners towards the South African Government’s Recapitalization of the Taxi Industry”- (Department of Transport funded student)
  • Pillay, R (2003) “The Role of Transport in Accessing Social Services for Women (Child Support Grant Recipients) in Rural Areas: A Case Study of the Lions River Area”(Department of Transport funded student)
  • Nomusa Ngwenya NG (2003) “An Evaluation of the Implementation of the Child Support Grant in Mpumalanga Province: a case of the Daggakraal Community”
  • Uwurukundo, A (2003) “A strategic framework against HIV/AIDS in Rwanda through public and civil society partnerships”
  • Mnguni, NJ (2003) “Challenges to the implementation of the Sanitation Project in Ngedlengdleni”
  • Ngceke, NB (2003) “An evaluation of functioning of School Governing Bodies in relation to the stipulations set down in the South African Schools Act, 1996”
  • Bulman, R (2006) “An investigation of the Children’s Bill Working Group’s networking and advocacy around the Children’s Bill between 2003-2004.”
  • Mtshali, Y (2006) “ Managing Public Policy implementation: A critical review of the implementation of the Child Support Grant in South Africa between 2000-2004”
  • Uwera, D (2006) “A critical appraisal of the implementation of the national policy for orphans and other vulnerable children in Rwanda: the case of street children in Kigali, Rwanda.”
  • Mukuka, D (2006) “A Critical Review of Public-Private Partnerships in the Management of Water Services Delivery: The Case of Nelspruit.”
  • Ndlovu, L (2008) An analysis of the Road Accident Fund Policy using Kingdon’s Theory of agenda setting
  • Singh, S (2008) From rowing the ship to steering it: Reforming the public sector through the tender process. The Msunduzi Municipality as a case study
  • Nowele, BC (2008) Exploring the role of donor policies, administrative processes and management tools in the work of civil society organisations in South Africa: The relationship between the United States agency for International Development (USAID), Nelson Mandela Children’s Home (NMCF) and Sibambisense Partnership as a case study
  • Pakkies, MP (2008) The Employment Equity Act in South Africa: A case study of the implementation of the Employment Equity Policy in the Msunduzi Municipality from 2000 to 2005
  • Zungu, NN (2008) A critique of the Musunduzi Municipality’s Career Pathing Policy
  • Burnard, CA (2008) Maculinity and Drinking and Driving among male students and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg
  • Isike, M (2009) Social regulatory policy: the case of legislation on the prevention of female genital mutilation in Nigeria
  • Njenga, T (2010) A critical Analysis of community participation in IDP’s in South Africa
  • Dumezweni Ntakumba, B (2011) Gender Mainstreaming in the National Department of Social Development in South Africa: A Policy Analysis
  • Phakathi, Z (2011)Tracing the policy-making process of the Internship Policy (2004) within the Msunduzi Municipality
  • Kampala, Chrispin Chikumbutso, (2012) An Implementation Study of the National Youth Policy: A case study of the Youth Advisory Programme in the National Youth Development Agency, Pietermaritzburg Office
  • Mutale, Mwimba Nchindu (2012) A narrative policy analysis of the challenges of Land Tenure Reform in South Africa between 1996 and 2009: A case study of the Labout Tenants (Act No. 3 of 1996) in KwaZulu-Natal
  • Johnson, Uduak Friday (2012) An analysis of the purposes and uses of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) within NGOs: A case study of the Centre for Criminal Justice (CCJ)
  • Majola, Mbali (2014) The Implementation of the Government-Wide Monitoring and Evaluation system in South Africa: A Provincial Case Study of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism(DEDT)
  • Doncabe, SP (2014) The implementaion of the Child Justice Act 75 of 2008: A case study of the diversion programme (vocational, educational or therapeutic) offered by Khulisa in the Ugu District
  • Honu Siabi, M (2014) An Analysis of the Implementation of a Monitoring and Evaluation System: The Case of the NGO SaveACT

Community Involvement:
  • Council Member (vice-chair) of Pietermaritzburg Association for Community Social Awareness (PACSA) (July 2012-present)
  • Associate of EcoAfrica (2011-present)