A four member delegation comprising of Department of Project Management and Monitoring (DPMM) - Sri Lanka and two representatives from Parliamentarian Forum for Development Evaluation – South Asia, visited South Africa on a Study Tour in August

with the objective of developing a Preliminary Action Plan to implement the national evaluation system in Sri Lanka. The delegation had the opportunity to learn the South African system of Government and application of planning, monitoring and evaluation by the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME). This included an introduction to the South African government systems and timelines in the development of the macro PM&E system, the rationale for planning, monitoring and evaluation and various roles and responsibilities, the outline of the work of DPME in the context of the centre of Government, the National Development Plan 2030, the National Evaluation Plan and the problems that DPME aims to address. Also the visitors were shown the web-based system comprising of Front Line Monitoring Presidential Hotline for community problem solving.

Also the delegation visited a participatory workshop conducted to prepare TORs for Integrated Development Plan to ensure safety in RSA where the delegation learnt about the Management Performance Monitoring Tool (MPAT) and how performance is measured in Departments using score cards. Then time was dedicated to a meeting with the Executive Manager, Stakeholder Relations and Marketing, together with his team at Statistics, South Africa.

Finally the delegation visited Gauteng Province, the smallest and most densely populated of South Africa’s nine provinces with over 13 million people and 24% of the country’s population. Special thanks to DPME South Africa for this excellent learning opportunity and hospitality. The study tour was an important step of the long term evaluation capacity building programme in Sri Lanka supported by the EvalGender+ network and the UNICEF Sri Lanka Country Office.