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LESSONS:

Sri Lanka: Tea Development Project

sector: Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development | country: Sri Lanka

The project completion report (PCR) identified several lessons: (a) a sound policy environment and an agency that has adequate mandate and firm commitment to push for reforms should be involved, (b) institutional streamlining should be merit-based, (c) mechanisms to sustain and replicate successful project activities should be created prior to project completion, (d) project management units (PMUs) should be given more flexibility in modifying staff positions based on actual needs, and (e) the need for segregating and recording fund utilization by project activities should be a requisite for better financial management practices and gaining confidence of concerned stakeholders.

The Independent Evaluation Department (IED) concurs with the identified lessons. In addition, safeguards should be required when major policy reversals are expected from projects. Specifically, a clear course of action, including other viable measures, should be identified.

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