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Dr Babette Rabie, Lecturer at the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch

Brief Statement of Research Interests

Doctoral qualification in public and development management with specialisation in policy process management, public sector performance management and human resource management and development. Strong interest in teaching methodologies ranging from in-class facilitation to contemporary electronic interface interactions. Well-developed communication, research, writing and organisation skills. Extensive experience in the applying public management theory to solve problems in practice in the public sector at all spheres, as well as in utilising practice case studies to enhancing teaching and the development of students for better understanding of the challenges of the public sector. Versatile, adaptable and energetic.

Contact Information

  • E-mail
  • Tel.: +27 21 918 4186
  • Fax: +27 21 918 4123


The following degrees were obtained through study at Stellenbosch University:

Point High School, Mossel Bay - Matriculation (Distinction)

University of Stellenbosch - BA (Industrial Psychology, Public Management and Planning and Sociology)

University of Stellenbosch - Honours BA (Public Management and Planning) (Cum Laude) Received Johnny Barnard Award as Dux-Student for postgraduate studies in Public and Development Management.

University of Stellenbosch - MA (Public Management and Planning (Cum Laude)

University of Stellenbosch - PhD (Public and Development Management)

Title of Phd: Improving the systematic evaluation of local economic development results in South African local government


School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University : Lecturer - August 2008 – date

Core functions entail designing, preparing and compiling course/subject content for undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in the public and development management discipline. Present courses/subjects/modules at undergraduate and post-graduate level. Design, compile and conduct assessment frameworks for the above courses. Prepare, design, develop and coordinate various short courses within the public and development management discipline. Supervise post-graduate research at Masters level. Design, develop and conduct research projects within the public and development management discipline.

School of Public Management and Planning, Stellenbosch University : Coordinator: Teaching Development and Support - April 2004 – August 2008

Coordinates the web-based teaching, plagiarism prevention and SMS communication support programmes of the School. Provides administrative support to academic staff, including amongst others yearbook changes, changes to marketing material and the prospectus, support and coordination of timetables, classroom allocations, assessment (test and exam) material, work division, departmental evaluation and undergraduate and postgraduate course marks. Teaches management, development and policy subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Acts as internal moderator for other modules. Study leader, internal and external examiner to MA/MPA candidates. Research interests include public policy outcomes, local government, public sector performance management, local economic development, human resource management, and community development. Develop, facilitate, manage and assess accredited courses in policy design and management, public sector management, performance management and monitoring and evaluation to delegates from all government spheres. Partake in consultancy projects to public sector organisations on ad hoc basis.

Unistel Consultus (Pty) Ltd, Stellenbosch University - Project Associate - October 2002 – April 2004

Project Manager or member of project teams in delivering short courses or consultancy to local authorities in Performance Management, Local Economic Development and Community Development Training.

School of Public Management and Planning, Stellenbosch University - Teaching assistant - January 2002 – December 2002

  • Appointed as Teaching Assistant in the School of Public Management and Planning. General duties comprised the assistance to lecturers with regard to: Presentation and facilitation of undergraduate classes, including the preparation of training material; presentation of classes; compilation of exam/test papers; evaluation of written and oral assignments; tests and presentations; and dealing with student enquiries.
  • Research with regard to the development of a practical manual to facilitate training courses in public management.
  • Development and coordination of the uploading of course information, important documents and evaluation tools on WebCT to enhance the distance education initiative of the School.

School of Public Management and Planning, Stellenbosch University - Research Team Member - November 2001 – December 2001

Formed part of comparative analysis research group studying various levels of government (local, federal/provincial, and state/national) of Germany’s federal and South Africa’s centralised system of government. The foundation for the study was based on the South African government’s inclination to a federal system of government as well as the analogous dissolution in both South African and German societies, due to their distinctive histories. Research was conducted with the University of Potsdam (Germany) and the University of Berlin (Germany).

Department of Water Affairs and Forestry - Internship - June 2001

Completed a two-week internship in the Human Resource Department of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Bellville office).

Areas of Competence

  • Ability to develop and present short and long term programmes and courses in terms of HEQF requirements.
  • Public Management, Policy Management, Development Planning, Performance Management and Human Resource Management qualifications
  • Well-developed oral and written communication skills in both English and Afrikaans.
  • Advanced computer literacy - Windows, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Front Page, Internet, WebCT.
  • Course development, training and facilitation experience.
  • Well-developed research and report writing skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and adhere to deadlines.


Board Member: SAMEA (South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association) 2010 – 2013

Member: EES (European Evaluation Society)


One of the best three papers delivered at 9th European Evaluation Society International Conference



Chapters in Books

Rabie, B & Cloete, F. 2011. Policy Evaluation in Cloete, F & De Coning, C (eds): Improving Public Policy: theory, practice & results, (3rd edition), JL Van Schaik, Pretoria, March 2011 (Chapter 9) Van Schaik

Rabie, B., Cloete, F. & Wissink, H.F. 2011. Policy Training in Cloete, F & De Coning, C (eds): Improving Public Policy: theory, practice & results, (3rd edition), JL Van Schaik, Pretoria, March 2011 (Chapter 12)

Cloete, F., De Coning, C. & Rabie, B. 2011. Policy Tools in Cloete, F & De Coning, C (eds): Improving Public Policy: theory, practice & results, (3rd edition), JL Van Schaik, Pretoria, March 2011 (Chapter 13)

Rabie, B. & Cloete, F. 2010. What do we want to achieve with evaluation, why and how?: Guidelines for more appropriate evaluation designs in Potter C & Basson, R. Programme Evaluation in South Africa. Online Virtual Conference

Conference Papers

  • Presented paper entitled “Outcome indicators to measure the effectiveness of local economic development interventions of South African local authorities” at the 9th European Evaluation Society International Conference, 6 – 8 October 2010, Prague. Paper was rewarded with an Honourable Mention – Best Paper award at the end of the conference.
  • Presented paper entitled “Re-classification of monitoring and evaluation approaches” at the SPMA International Policy Conference entitled the Relevance of Public Administration in the developmental state, 5-6 November 2009, Pretoria
  • Delegate at the Winelands Conference: What’s right? What’s left? What next? 16-18 April 2008 hosted by the School of Public Management and Planning, Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch. Also attended 2003 and 2001 conferences.
  • Delegate at the International Conference: Postgraduate Supervision – the state of the art and the artists, 23 – 26 April 2007 hosted by CHAE, Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch. Attended workshop Writing for publication, facilitated by Rowena Murray on 23 April 2007.
  • Presented paper entitled “Linking Organisations and Individual Performance Management Systems” at the 9th ILGM Annual Conference, 27-29 July 2005, Cape Town
  • Delegate and co-writer of paper entitled “Measuring Governance for Sustainability” at the International Conference on Governing for Sustainability in the Asia Pacific, 12 – 14 April 2005, hosted by the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI) in Kuala Lampur

Journal Articles

Rabie, B. 2010. An exploration of South Africa’s framework for public sector monitoring and evaluation: lessons from international best practice. Administratio Publica. Vol 18, No 1.

Rabie, B. & Cloete, F. 2009. A new typology of monitoring and evaluation approaches. Administratio Publica. Vol 17, No 3.

Cloete, G.S. & Rabie, B. 2008. Overview of tertiary public policy training in South Africa. Africanus, Vol 38 No 2.

Rabie, B & Uys, F.M. 2008. Municipal performance legislation: Promoting performance management. Administratio Publica. Vol 16, No 1.

Past Events/13th International Winelands Conference 2-4 April 2012

13th International Winelands Conference 2-4 April 2012 will be hosted by the School of Public Leadership.

Theme: Integrity and governance: What is wrong? What is good? What is next?

UPCOMING EVENTS 14th International Winelands Conference 2014


DATE: 31 MARCH - 04 APRIL 2014



The School of Public Leadership (SPL) of Stellenbosch University, South Africa is pleased to announce that Abstract Submissions and Registration is now open for the 14th International Winelands Conference – “Innovation for the Urban Age”.

The topic of the Conference and the themes will form the basis for dynamic interaction between academics, practitioners and stakeholders dealing with this very topical subject.

The conference will have a wide variety of themes relating to innovation and urbanisation which will all add value to the discourse on these issues. There will be a strong focus on innovative concepts that are pragmatic and implementable.

For more information please click CALL FOR PAPERS CLICK HERE to download the Call For Papers for more details


Conference Director Mr David Daniels

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