Southern Hemisphere

{Southern Hemisphere}{Unit 5, 1st Floor, Rozenhof Office Court, 20 Kloof Street}{Cape Town}{8001}{Johannesburg}{South Africa}{(021) 422-0205}
Unit 5, 1st Floor, Rozenhof Office Court, 20 Kloof Street Cape Town, Johannesburg
Phone: (021) 422-0205

+27 (0) 21 422 0205

+27 (0) 21 424 7965

Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Development Projects

                                                    - Our flagship course now online -                                   


Strengthen your skills to design, deliver, collect evidence, use data and enhance your organisations contribution to meaningful social change. 

Get an orientation of how Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (DMEL) can build learning organizations and contribute to social justice.

This course is for you if you want to upskill as an MEL practitioner or enhance your organization’s  capacity in monitoring and evaluation.


This foundation course introduces participants to:  

  • Key concepts and practical steps in project design, monitoring and evaluation 
  • Designing and planning strong development projects to achieve social change 
  • Designing a monitoring and evaluation plan  
  • Developing evaluative thinking 
  • Using evidence for learning 
  • Values and ethics in participatory and user focused development evaluation
  • PMEL in the context of COVID – ethical considerations and practical tips for remote working

Blended learning methodology


You will learn from us, from each other, and from practical application. 

  • A highly engaging blend of face-to-face, online learning, self-study and practical application exercises, running over 6 weeks.
  • Interact with other trainees and trainers on our learning platform.
  • Learning resources will be shared on our learning platform, and include interactive and self-paced activities such as a course manual, videos, reading materials, podcasts, quizzes, etc.  Recordings of key sessions will be shared.  

Educator engagement:  Module launch via a video or live session, and includes one live session with an educator through a virtual participatory workshop. Educator sessions will be 2.5 hours in length, and will include time for participant engagement and discussion.

Educational resources:  Each module has planned activities, guidelines for practical exercises and learning resources including videos, reading materials, podcasts, discussion forum, fun activities etc.  Recordings of key sessions will be shared.

Practical application:  Participants will take the concepts learnt in each module, and apply them via a group or individual activity to a case study of their choosing. 

Assessment:  Throughout the course, the development of participants will be assessed through pre and post module quizzes. Participants will also be provided with opportunities to engage educators and provide feedback on their learning experience and outcomes.

Benefits of attending

The course covers the Logical Framework Approach blended with Theory of Change to guide participants through the design process.   It balances the technical requirements for robust design, monitoring and evaluation, with the process considerations for building buy-in and support for monitoring and evaluation.

This course provides an excellent foundation in project DMEL.  You will: 

  • Understand foundational concepts in  Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (DMEL) concepts
  • Get an overview of design tools, including Theory of Change, Outcome Mapping and the Logical Framework Approach
  • Gain knowledge of analytical tools for design, including stakeholder, problem and alternatives analysis
  • Understand how to develop a logic model including impact, outcomes, outputs, activities and assumptions using a blended form of the Logical Framework Approach and Theory of Change
  • Enhance your understanding of key evaluation criteria such as effectiveness and sustainability
  • Understand how to develop a monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning plan
  • Know how to implement evaluation as a tool for social change
  • Understand how to adapt your DMEL in the context of COVID and remote working


  1. Introduction to PMEL concepts, tools and course framework
  2. Project design: Analysis 
  3. Project design: Project planning
  4. Planning for monitoring, evaluation and learning
  5. Project Evaluation as a tool for social change 


Southern Hemisphere has been leading this course, in-person, for the last 20 years. Our trainers, all experienced MEL practitioners and facilitators, are excited to announce that we have integrated our training onto the online platform.

Our trainers are all strong facilitators and technical experts ensuring that you get a good feel for the hard and soft skills for effective DMEL.

Wilma Wessels-Ziervogel (Southern Hemisphere)
Position: Managing Member (responsible for training) and Senior Consultant (
Education:  MPhil in Monitoring and Evaluation Methods from the University of Stellenbosch. Honours degree in Organisational Psychology from UNISA.  
Experience: 14+ years in the social development sector. Extensive experience in course development, training and mentoring
Special interests: Organisational development and learning
Specialisation and focus: Brings her vast experience and passion about social change to the training experience. She shares her experience working closely with organisations to implement MEL systems and conduct evaluations. She is a skilled facilitator and trainer, having contributed to the development and delivery of most of Southern Hemisphere’s virtual and live courses, and leading many evaluations.  

Dena Lomofsky 

Position: Founder and Managing Member 
Education:  MA in Social Development 
Experience: 20+ years’ experience in social development sector. Skilled researcher, evaluator, trainer and facilitator. Wilma plays a key role in the development of Southern Hemisphere’s training courses.
Special interests: Participatory practices and useful evaluations
Specialisation and focus: She is passionate about professional development for MEL, and increasing capacity for enhancing social change. She has provided training to organisations including Tshikululu Social Investments and On Think Tanks, both in person and online, and is a regular guest trainer for the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA). She brings her vast experience in programme design and evaluation into the training room, and livens up sessions with personal, practical examples and great insights.

Course details

Duration and Notational hours:  6 weeks.  40 hours (6-8 hours per week; including 2 contact sessions per                                                                  week)

Dates:                                              to be confirmed

Where:                                             Zoom and Google Classroom. We will provide support for these platforms                                                                throughout the course.

Certification:                                  Participants will be provided with a certificate on completion of a short                                                                      assignment.

The sessions will be held in English. 


$ 900  / ZAR 13 600 excl. VAT
For participants from US, Canada, Europe, and all       funders, consultants and private sector                       organizations. 
$ 770  /    ZAR 11 600 excl. VAT
For participants from not-for-profit sector in Africa/  Asia/Latin America

Packages Available

  • Get a 25% discount if you sign up for the following package of 2 courses:  Programme Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (DMEL) + Designing and Managing Evaluation(D+EI) (Package deal: R16 537.50  excl VAT)
  • Early bird registration = 10% discount 
  • Register  3 or more persons from one organization and receive a 10% discount on the total value

For more information or to complete your registration form:

Tel: + 27 (021) 422 0205