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Results based management: an approach for reducing regional disparities


Ariyaratne Hewage

Finance Commission, LK
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At present, Sri Lanka is classified as a middle income country with a considerably high degree of achievements in macro socio-economic development. Regional development has been introduced as far back as 1970s and several models were experimented with, since then. Provincial councils established under the provisions of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution are meant to exercise devolved power with regard to socio-economic development. Provinces are recognized as units of regional development and specific priorities have been assigned to the nine Provinces.

Although macro level indicators of socio-economic development seem impressive, there are inter and intra disparities in regional development. The Finance Commission established under Article 154R of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution is mandated to develop principles and ensure a balanced regional development in the country. Consequent to this mandate, the Finance Commission introduced the Results Based Management (RBM) approach to the provincial planning and monitoring processes since 2011.

The provincial planning processes which existed prior 2011 paid attention to the inputs and outputs and thus monitoring was confined to reviewing the financial and physical progress. There was no formal system to look beyond outputs to the results which were the purpose for which the outputs were produced. The main objective of introducing RBM approach was to shift the mindset of policy makers and development planners at provincial level from input-output based approach to results / outcome based approach.

However, it is observed that the new approach of RBM cannot be made fully operational due to various practical problems. Since the provincial authorities have been given instructions by the Finance Commission to use the prescribed formats for preparing medium-term and annual plans and for monitoring at implementation and policy levels, they will be compelled to practice the RBM approach. It is hoped that the planning and monitoring system and practices will be transformed to a result over time.


Sri Lanka Journal of Development Administration, Vol. 4, pp. 55-81, 2014


How to Cite: Hewage, A., (2014). Results based management: an approach for reducing regional disparities. Sri Lanka Journal of Development Administration. 4, pp.55–81. DOI:
Published on 01 Jul 2014.
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