BIGD, in cooperation with the World Bank and the Government of Bangladesh, has been implementing a project titled “Community of Practice (CoP)- Extension Phase on Performance Management in South Asia” since February 2014, to help strengthen the performance management system of the Government. Implementation of a Government Performance Management System (GPMS) in Bangladesh was initiated by the Cabinet Division in 2014. The policy process of GPMS was initiated by the Government itself. To facilitate the implementation of GPMS, necessary support was extended to the Cabinet Division under the Project “Community of Practice (CoP).” The project also aims to promote peer learning and evaluation amongst practitioners of performance management in South Asian Regional (SAR) countries, as a common practice to further enhance the quality of policy dialogue, and subsequent delivery of public services. The main instrument for implementing GPMS is the preparation of Implementation Agreements (IAs) between a concerned ministry and the cabinet division. The Phase-I of the project continued up till June 2015, while duration of the Phase-II of the same is July 2015 to December 2016.
Under the CoP Phase-I, several workshops and training programs were organized for the senior government officials on the GPMS and its implementation strategies during November 2014 and January 2015. Around 150 senior officers at the rank of Joint Secretaries and Additional Secretaries to the Government of Bangladesh participated in the workshop held on November 12-13, 2014. Later, another workshop held on November 15, with participation from around 60 Secretaries to Government of Bangladesh. A two-day training sessions were organized to create local trainers for the GPMS during January 10-11, 2015. A total of 20 officials mainly from the Cabinet Division attended the sessions. They were given training on basics of APA and GPMS, Software operation etc. After successful implementation of workshops for high-level officials, training workshops were organized during January 12-19, 2015 for mid-level officials in 8 batches who were in-charge of APA preparation. A total of 179 officers attended the workshops.
The importance of GPMS and its effect on the performance of government officials and institutions and the success of CoP-I, led to start the Phase-II of project (known as CoP-II) since July 2015 The important activities accomplished under the CoP-II are Seminar on Performance Management of Public Service Commission and Information Commission of Bangladesh held on 30 August, 2015, Seminar on Facilitating Disposal of Audit Objections held on March 12, 2016, and Training on Government Performance Management System held during 11-25 April, 2016. Also a baseline study on government performance management system is going on.