Opinion poll plays important role in reconciliation process

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister J. Charitha Ratwatte stated that it is not easy to quantify results when it comes to peace and reconciliation and need to be complemented with perception survey – public opinion poll known as “Reconciliation Barometer”.
Delivering the keynote address at the national workshop to develop reconciliation results framework with key performance indicators to track the progress on reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka, Mr. Ratwatte said that the Reconciliation Results Framework is intended not only to score and track performance but also as a direction setting exercise in the planning and management of reconciliation interventions.

This model Results Framework draws best practices from the Malaysian Government’s Performance Management Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) and model set- up in UK by Tony Blair. The Sri Lankan Model is a home grown model which takes account of best practices from South Africa, Australia, Malaysia, Northern Ireland and Rwanda.

This national workshop has been organized by the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation in collaboration with Sri Lanka Evaluation Association (SLEvA) and was funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Asian Development Bank.

The workshop participants included Government Sector, Civil Society, NGOs and academia and was facilitated by Asian Development Bank Resource Person. The workshop also reviewed the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and recommended improvements.

The workshop came-up with recommendations to institutionalize results framework and scorecard as part of the Managing for Development Results (MfDR) Initiative.

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