The South African government has prioritised gender equality, women’s empowerment and human rights as cross-cutting issues in national, provincial, sectoral and local policy and planning instruments as well as programming interventions. While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and since 2015 the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) women and girls continue to suffer marginalisation, discrimination and violence in every part of the world. As a society, South Africa has achieved considerable progress in many aspects of women’s social and economic empowerment but many challenges and obstacles remain to their full participation.
The Government-Wide Monitoring and Evaluation (GWM&E) Framework seeks to embed a performance management system within the public sector. It articulates monitoring and evaluation principles, practices and standards to be used throughout Government. An important building block of the DPME approach is the creation of a strong performance culture within government, with a focus on demand for evidence, generation of evidence and use of high-quality evidence by policy-makers, public officials and implementing partners to inform ongoing planning and programme implementation. The National Evaluation Policy.