Anthropology and Development Studies hosts Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop.

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From left to right, Dr Thandekile Sabela lecturer from The Department of Anthropology and Development Studies , Khululiwe Faya Chief Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst and Dr Ray Ngcobo Head of The Department of Anthropology and Development Studies.

The Department of Anthropology and Development Studies on Tuesday, March 24, hosted a workshop on monitoring and evaluation. The aim of the event, held at the Arts Auditorium and attended by students and staff, was to inform and educate the Development Studies postgraduate students about the intricacies of monitoring and evaluation. Chief Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst from the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), Khululiwe Faya, delivered a key note address which focused mainly on monitoring and evaluation in the context of rural development and land reform. “Monitoring and evaluation is part and parcel of human life for example when one is driving he needs to monitor and evaluate his action constantly,” she said. Monitoring and evaluation helps improve performance, accountability, generate knowledge and also helps to improve decision making. Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies Mfundo Masuku said the workshop had been convened there is a monitoring and evaluation module at honours level. “So we saw a need to call people who have practical experience in this sector and to link the students with the potential employer’, said Masuku. Head of department Dr Ray Ngcobo, said the workshop had been very successful as the students gained a lot from the guest whom he described as being so “much resourceful’. Nkosinathi Livingston Nkosi a BA Honours development studies student said he was happy with the workshop because it was very informative and educational. “It will help a lot in understanding practical work as we are only dealing with theory in our classes,” he said adding that he wishes the department to host similar workshops more often.

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