PM launches Sri Lanka’s first Social Innovation Lab

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe officially launched the Citra, Sri Lanka’s first Social Innovation Lab co-developed by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), at Galle Face Hotel in Colombo today (February 13).

As Sri Lanka’s first Social Innovation Lab, Citra works to strengthen institutions, build capacities of the public sector, and re-engineer public service delivery through specialized foresight and innovation tools, such as design-thinking, user-journey mapping exercises and human-centered design approaches, among others.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the State sector will receive many benefits from the Innovation Lab. “The Government should actively work in close collaboration with partners to create a comprehensive framework and redesign structures to address the problems of tomorrow to achieve the 2030 Agenda,” he said.

Speaking at the event, non-cabinet Minister of Science, Technology & Research said this laboratory will add value to the country and he looks forward to working closely with the Citra and its stakeholders to streamline and target key areas of focus to be a result driven and innovative arm of the Government.

Sri Lanka Resident Representative of UNDP Jorn Sorensen delivering the opening remarks said the said the future is full of challenges and embracing the complex world requires the agility and innovation.

The Innovation Lab, which works in line with national development priorities and empowers selected government officials in country’s development activities while bringing in greater citizen engagement to the formulation of development solutions, began its work a year ago.

Citra’s first annual report ‘Our 1st Year In Review’, was also launched at the event, further detailing the work undertaken and partnerships established in its inception year.

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