SAMEA 2019: Call for abstracts

 The South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) will be hosting its 7th biennial conference. The event will be held from the 21st to the 25th October 2019 at Emperors Palace in Gauteng. SAMEA’s biennial conference brings together local and international M&E practitioners, government officials, commissioning parties, funders and other stakeholders to learn from experts in the field and each other. The conference presents an exciting opportunity to discuss new developments in the field of M&E and engage on a wide range of topics.

The theme for this year’s conference is: ‘Shaping Monitoring and Evaluation for A Sustainable Future’.

The focus of this year’s conference will be on exploring the future of monitoring and evaluation in South Africa and understanding its contribution to creating a sustainable future. We have identified five conference strands which will guide discussions:

Better Evidence for Public Policy & Implementation focuses on how public sector institutions use evidence in policy and decision-making to deliver better outcomes for society.

MERL Tech explores the role of technology in monitoring, evaluation, research and learning.

Investing for Impact explores the role of M&E in impact investing and corporate social investment. Impact investing is a rapidly growing industry and seeks to achieve positive social change alongside a sustainable financial return.

Climate Change and Building Resilience provides an opportunity to discuss how M&E helps us to assess implications of climate change on individuals, communities and organisations and through strong evidence contributes to building resilience.

M&E and Non-Profits draws lessons from how M&E is carried out in the non-profit sector and how it enables learning, shapes current practice and adapts to changes brought about by technology, donor demands and communities’ needs.

M&E Skills in a Changing World examines the changing skills needed for the M&E profession in the 21st century and discusses the evolving roles of practitioners. Development programmes are often complex and require careful analysis before any value judgement is made about them. As such, M&E practitioners require a multi-disciplinary set of knowledge and skills to effectively monitor and evaluate interventions.

Call for abstracts for the conference is currently open—check out and follow us on @sameaconf for regular updates.


Abstracts should be submitted electronically by 17h00 on Monday 10 June 2019.