Game-Based Innovation for Provincial and District PlanningNov 18, 2016
Promoting Innovative Game-based Planning Tools to Foster a Forward-Thinking and Visionary Development Sector
18 November 2016, Colombo: A two-day training on Results Based Management for Planning organized by the Department of National Planning 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 from 5 to 12 November 2016.
These trainings, held in Anuradhapura, Badulla and Hambantota for Planning officials from all Provinces across the country, were conducted by MDF South Asia Training & 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.
Speaking about these trainings, Mr. Sanjaya Mudalige, Director General of the Department of National Planning stated “The Department of National Planning has always maintained productive and amicable relationships with these officers and has 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. It is 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.
Mr. Jorn Sorensen, Country Director of UNDP Sri Lanka noted that “The continued partnership between the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs and UNDP is at the cornerstone of efforts to create an enabling environment for agile and innovative policy making processes.”