National Planning Deparment calls for inclusive,visionary approach

There was a need for more inclusive and innovative development planning which  would contribute to enhancing development practices and policies that  were visionary and aimed at  creating the world that was needed by 2030, says the Department of National Planning.

In this regard  a two-day training on Results Based Management for Planning organized by the  National Planning Department of the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs with the support of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sri Lanka, was held for Sub-National Planning officials in three locations around the country recently.

It was conducted in Anuradhapura, Badulla and Hambantota for Planning officials from all Provinces across the country.The training sessions were conducted by MDF South Asia Training and Consultancy and Fields of View, Bangalore, India.

The two day workshop in each location, saw the active participation and positive feedback of Provincial and District Planning Officials, at which they explored the use of new and innovative game-based planning tools to foster a development sector that is forward-thinking and visionary.

Director General of the Department of National Planning, Sanjaya Mudalige said that the Department of National Planning had always maintained productive and amicable relationships with  Provincial and District Planning Officials.

"We have recognized the need to offer more opportunities for capacity building.Conducted as a follow up to the first National Summit on Foresight and Innovation for Sustainable Human Development which was held in May 2016, these trainings were a result of the need for more collective, inclusive and innovative development planning which will contribute to enhancing development practices and policies that are visionary, to create the world we want and need by 2030" , he noted adding that it was also a part of the ongoing initiatives by UNDP Sri Lanka to strengthen the Innovation Eco-system in Sri Lanka while aiming to build capacities and identify champions at National and Sub-National levels to take the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda forward.

Country Director of UNDP Sri Lanka, Jorn Sorensen said that the continued partnership between the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs and UNDP was at the cornerstone of efforts to create an enabling environment for agile and innovative policy making processes.

The UNDP partnered with people at all levels of society to help build nations that could withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improved the quality of life for everyone, he noted "On the ground in 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations." (ZJ)

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