of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development
Government of Sri Lanka’s National Development Plan known as Mahinda
Chintana – Vision for the Future sets out results based micro economic
targets to transform Sri Lanka into the “Emerging Wonder of Asia”.
of Sri Lanka has recognized the importance of institutionalizing Managing for
Development Results (MfDR) in the whole of Government to meet the Mahinda
Chintana national goals and to achieve development effectiveness. In Sri Lanka,
it is imperative to note that in the public sector management cycle, the
important phases such as planning, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation and
auditing systems are gradually moving towards results orientation. The National
Administrative Reforms Council (NARC) Circular requires all Government
Ministries and Departments to establish Management Reforms Cells (MRCs) – as
change agents and develop a result framework which translate their Vision and
Mission into well defined thrust areas and goals using key performance
indicators (KPIs). Such results frameworks should set out the baseline and
medium term targets to meet the government’s ambitious Mahinda Chintana National
Budget Call 2010 issued by the Department of National Budget of the Ministry of
Finance and Planning requested all Ministries to set medium term output and
outcome targets to achieve budget expectations. This process has been
coordinated by the then Department of Foreign Aid and Budget Monitoring and now
it is known as Department of Project Management and Monitoring of the Ministry
of Finance and Planning.
these circular instructions, the Ministries and the Departments prepared their
results frameworks that clarified their aims and expected results by setting
performance expectations through KPI targets. This process is being cascaded
to public enterprises (Statutory Boards and Institutions) into their Corporate Plan.
The Department of Auditor General is gradually moving away from compliance
audit to performance audit and value for money audit which complements the MfDR
efforts in public sector. Officers of the Auditor General and other public
officers are being trained by the Sri Lanka Institute for Development
Administration (SLIDA) and Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) of the
University of Jayawardenepura to look performance beyond financial and physical
perspective focusing on outcomes and results. Extensive training takes place in
developing results framework and logical framework analysis.
the case of development projects and programmes use of logical frameworks with
KPIs have become mandatory for all mega and large projects in planning,
monitoring and evaluation. Performance of development projects are tracked
using LFA based output and outcome indicators. Further, the Finance Commission
through its Budget Call is introducing MfDR in Provincial Councils thus making
the sub national planning and budgeting systems results oriented.
experiences of advanced countries have revealed that institutionalization of
MfDR has gone through a phased out step by step process. The Government of Sri Lanka is committed
to strengthen the MfDR process and has taken many steps to institutionalize
managing for development results at both national and sub national level to
enhance development effectiveness.