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South Africa: International Knowledge Sharing Workshop on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 14, 2016

The Development Index by the United Nations Development Programme and other global development indicators show that Cuba is among the best in the world in key social development indicators. 

Cuba’s adult literacy is at 99.8% while life expectancy at birth is 80 years. The infant mortality rate is 5 per 1000 live births and the HIV prevalence is 0.2%.

“I believe that one of the possible reasons behind this massive achievement is the revolutionary attitude of the Cuban people and their leadership, which did not postpone development of the poor, but developed practical programmes that made Cuba a net exporter of doctors to poverty stricken areas around the world, including to South Africa.

“There is indeed something that we can learn from this comparative developing country as African governments in relation to national development that makes a difference,” said Deputy Minister Manamela.

He said there are success stories which countries attending the workshop – including, among others, Benin, Ghana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Uganda and Zimbabwe - can share with South Africa.

The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) hosts the workshop on an annual basis to meet the need for knowledge sharing, learning and mutual engagement between the DPME and its counterparts from fellow African countries and globally on the topics of common interest.

The Deputy Minister also spoke of the National Development Plan (NDP) as a long-term plan, not only for government, but for the whole of society. 

“The implications of this plan are not merely for our country, but also for our beloved continent, Africa, and the rest of the world since one of our key NDP goals is to create a better South Africa that contributes to a better Africa and a better world.”

South Africa is also part of Africa’s Agenda 2063 which aspires to a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development, among others.

“This new vision for Africa should inform our actions and how we work together to improve the human condition on our beloved continent today. The NDP is aligned to this development agenda,” said the Deputy Minister.

The NDP requires all sectors of society to unite in fighting the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment.

The NDP sets long-term goals and targets to be achieved by 2030 in each sector as well as policy proposals on how to achieve the goals.

“As part of our youth policy custodianship role, we moved quickly to consult extensively on the National Youth Development Policy and ensured that it is fully aligned with the NDP by prioritising actions that will help address youth unemployment and other challenges facing young people in our country.”

The Deputy Minister added that government uses monitoring and evaluation to assess if the plan is fully implemented.

“We use monitoring and evaluation, as well as official statistics from Statistics South Africa, to generate evidence that is analysed to understand whether we are making any progress in achieving our development goals and also unpack reasons why certain problems exist.”

He said the DPME is also responsible for guiding all national departments and provinces in terms of aligning departmental strategic plans and annual performance plans to the NDP imperatives. 

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