Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute

Public Policy & Analysis for Africa's Development

Qualification code: 76923


  1. Public Policy Analysis  (CPPA01K)


    Whilst understanding that the role of Public Policy is to achieve planned outcomes and plans, it is critical to further investigate why certain policies work and what contexts allows for the success of certain policies over others. This is the primary rationale for this course to investigate and compel students, government bureaucrats and Policy practitioners to interrogate and find answers pertaining to what makes effective, planned, impactful and successful Public Policy and in the process learn how to utilise Policy tools to understand the whole Public Policy cycle and process. 

    Content Topics:

    1. Introduction: Public Policy theories and practices
    2. The Public Policy Process
    3. Public Policy: Analysis and Formulation
    4. Public: Implementation and Evaluation
    5. Policy Instruments and matters of outcomes, outputs
    6. Complexities of making policy at home
  1. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) (CPPA02L)

    This module is designed to challenge current and future policy makers in both the public and private sector to seek to design M&E methodologies, policy stances that are informed by local realities and not standard textbook answers.

    Content Topics:

    1. Introduction: M&E Theory
    2. M&E and the planning process
    3. M&E and instruments of measurement
    4. Monitoring Theories, Approaches and Models
    5. Evaluation Theories, Approaches and Models
    6. M&E methodological and Research practices
  1. Scenario Planning and Stakeholder Analysis (CPPA03M)


    While discussions or debates about the future or planned futures might seem like guess work, this course aims to introduce participants to the growing amount of literature that explains that it is desirable to use futures and planning tools to better plan for socioeconomic development. Kreibich, Oertel and Wölk explain that, “Modern futures studies assume that the future is not entirely determinable and that different future developments (‘futures’) are possible and there is scope for design. They are based on the realization that there are indeed a great number of possible futures but that these are not arbitrary” . 

    Content Topics:

    1. Introduction: Future studies and Scenario planning within Public Policy context.
    2. Role of Public Policy in constructing socioeconomic development: early African Developmental states.
    3. Methodologies related to building future scenarios for a new Africa.
    4. Exploring modern day variables for Africa’s development.
    5. Limitations of predicting and planning for the future.
    6. Building stakeholder strength for policy planning and development purposes.

Last modified: 2019/08/05