CIVIL SOCIETY & DEMOCRACY: THE CASE OF SAMEA
As we build towards The Breaking Barriers in Participation and Inclusion in Peacebuilding Evaluation Conference in South Africa, join DME for Peace tomorrow Thursday, November 17th at 10:00am EST as Mark Abrahams, Founding Member of the South African Monitoring & Evaluation Association and Editor-in-Chief of the African Evaluation Journal, hosts the M&E Thursday Talk series to lead a discussion on "The roles and function of VOPEs in promoting democratic practices and accountability: The case of SAMEA."
This discussion will focus on the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) as a Volunteer Organization for Professional Evaluation and reflects briefly on its creation, the steady growth over the years and the significant challenges it faced both internally and externally. As a function of deepening and strengthening democracy, transparency and ensuring that it remains relevant, SAMEA must also attend to the existing gaps in the evaluation skills set(s) or competencies of its members. What is often under-represented in formal accredited courses, short courses and a significant number of M&E professional development initiatives - is the focus on the interpersonal domain that addresses human relations and social interactions that ground evaluator effectiveness.