DPME Prioritises Integrated Planning Framework Bill

Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

The planning, monitoring and evaluation department wants the Draft Integrated Planning Framework Bill to be passed by parliament before the end of the current parliament’s term.

The planning, monitoring and evaluation minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, revealed this during her department’s budget vote speech in parliament.

The draft bill was published for comment earlier this month.

It seeks to:

•    provide for the functions of the Department responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation;
•    establish an institutional framework for a new predictable planning paradigm and discipline within and across all spheres of government;
•    support effective monitoring and evaluation of government programmes aimed at improved service delivery and positive impact on society;
•    provide for the continued existence of the National Planning Commission;
•    promote better coordination, collaboration and alignment of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation between and across the national, provincial and local spheres of government, and including public entities; and
•    provide for matters connected therewith.

According to the department, the main objectives of the draft bill are to facilitate stronger integration, coordination and joint planning among the different spheres of government; create structures for accountability to cabinet and government stakeholders on planning decisions; formalize the advisory role and functions of the NPC and integrate state owned and funded data warehouses to boost long-term planning.

The comment period was recently extended until 4 June 2018.

The minister added that a key objective of the bill is to “build partnerships in information and research coordination, sharing, knowledge generation in the public and private sector.”

The department also planned to develop a National Spatial Development Framework designed to “ensure that national level policies with a spatial impact are consistent and coherent, and that policy instruments across government support the overall spatial transformation agenda.”

In 2018, new evaluations will be undertaken. Under the spotlight will be SOE Governance, the Mining Charter, Non Profit Organisations and Government relationships, SAPS Detective Services, and Scholar Transport.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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