School of Social Sciences

Desiree Manicom

Desiree Manicom

Senior Lecturer

DisciplinePolicy and Development StudiesSociology


Contact Number 033-260-5705

CampusPietermaritzburg Campus

Office Address Office 350, New Arts Building, Pietermaritzburg

Last Updated 3 years ago


  • Socy 700 Research Design, Methods and Analysis
  • 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

  • Dipane Hlalele, Desiree Manicom, Julia Preece and Cias T. Tsotetsi (2015)       Strategies and Outcomes of Involving University Students in Community Engagement: An Adaptive Leadership Perspective in JHEA/RESA Vol. 13, No. 1&2, 2015, pp. 169-174
  • Preece, J and Manicom, D (2015)The Pedagogic Contribution of Community Spaces and Environments in Service Learning Projects in Alternation Special Edition No 16 (2015) 
  • 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

Student Supervision

  • Mkhize, SN (2018) An Implementation analysis of e-learning: A case study of KwaPata Secondary School, Dambuza Township
  • Khiba, MB (2018) Public Participation in the formulation of public policy. The case of the Lesotho National Decentralisation Policy in the Maseru District.
  • Mabundza-Dlamini, LP (2018) Social Security and Older People in Swaziland
  • Mtshali, N (2017) Public Participation through ward committees: A Case Study of Umshwathi Municipality
  • Ngwenya, TN (2017) Delivery of Social Services Through State-Owned Enterprises: The Case of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) in Pietermaritzburg
  • Nxumalo, SI (2017) The Limits and Possibilities of Monitoring and Evaluation: A Case Study of The KwaZulu Natal Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (KZN Cogta)
  • Mkhize Nonhlanhla (2015) An exploration of the implementation of the Individual Performance Management System (IPMS) within local government: A case study of uMngeni Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaSystem (IPMS) within local government: A case study of uMngeni Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Mbanjwa, N (2015) A civil society organisation’s engagement in collective action to access basic services: The case of the Electricity Action Group in Pietermaritzburg (EAG).
  • Honu Siabi, M (2014) An Analysis of the Implementation of a Monitoring and Evaluation System: The Case of the NGO SaveACT
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Phakathi, Z (2011)Tracing the policy-making process of the Internship Policy (2004) within the Msunduzi Municipality
  • Dumezweni Ntakumba, B (2011) Gender Mainstreaming in the National Department of Social Development in South Africa: A Policy Analysis
  • Njenga, T (2010) A critical Analysis of community participation in IDP’s in South Africa
  • Isike, M (2009) Social regulatory policy: the case of legislation on the prevention of female genital mutilation in Nigeria

Community Involvement:

  • Member of Evaluation Reference Committee of COGTA
  • Board Member of Ngo : Mahlatini Development Foundation
  • Associate of EcoAfrica (2011-present)