African Organisation of English-speaking Supreme Audit Institutions

The Auditor General of Botswana and the Controller & Auditor-General of Tanzania both win the Swedish National Audit

The Auditor General of Botswana and the Controller & Auditor-General of Tanzania both win the Swedish National Audit Office (SNAO) performance audit prize for 2010

Two performance audit team from Botswana and Tanzania has been selected to receive the prize for best performance audit report produced by the AFROSAI-Es members. The reports titles are “The coordination and monitoring of the implementation of the community based natural resource management programme by the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism” and “the monitoring, evaluations and budget allocation for maternal health care activities in Tanzania”. The news was made public 6 April by the Swedish Auditor General Jan Landahl at the AFROSAI-E Governing Board Meeting held in the Namibia’s capital Windhoek.

The Auditor General of Sweden, Mr Jan Landahl, hands over the SNAO Trophy to the Auditor General of Botswana, Mr Sebopeng and the Controller & Auditor-General of Tanzania mr Utouh.

Click here to view the winning reports, Botswana and Tanzania.

Background

The prize is financed by the Swedish National Audit Office. The purpose of the prize is to promote the development of performance audit among African Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) and to highlight the efforts of the individual performance auditors. The prize can hopefully facilitate sharing of experience and benchmarking of best practice in performance audit within the region. The prize is awarded to one team in the region on a yearly basis.

The Swedish National Audit Office organised a review team consisting of four members from the Supreme Audit Institutions of the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom and Sweden. The Review
Team Reports are focused on the assessment and the qualities of the winning performance audits. The
teams also comments on all the nominated reports that passed the formal assessment. The comments
from the review team on the four other nominated reports are sent separately to each SAI.

The Prize - Introduction

To promote the development of performance audit AFROSAI-E has, in cooperation with the Swedish National Audit Office (SNAO) decided to launch the SNAO Prize for the best performance audit report of the year 2008 and the coming years. The purpose of the prize is to promote sharing of experiences and benchmarking best practice in performance audit but also to highlight the efforts done by performance auditors within the region.

Each SAI within AFROSAI-E are invited to nominate one performance audit report for assessment.

At the AFROSAI-E Secretariat a formal assessment of the nominated reports has been done making sure they fulfill the requirements made out – such as acceptable production time and publication during 2010. No assessment of the quality is done at the Secretariat.

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Interview with Goran Hyltander, chairman of the Reviewing team

Interviewer: Bengt Sundgren, AFROSAI-E performance audit manager

Bengt Sundgren: What was special with the winning report?

Goran: The performance audit report meets the quality criteria’s. The report is easy to read. The motivation for the audit topic makes it easy to understand the importance of the choice. The report deals with the audit objective; it is clearly structured and presented. The report deals with an important topic and points out the importance of giving the auditee the tools to implement its given tasks. The report has the possibility to create change and add value it can lead to a higher degree of transparency in the government.

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Interview with the Auditor General of Botswana, Mr Sebopeng

Bengt Sundgren, performance audit manager of AFROSAI-E: What made you win the Prize?

Mr Sebopeng: Hard work and that we have a good quality assessment system of the pa reports in place in Botswana.

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Interview with Mr Ludovick S.L Utouh Controller and Auditor General of Tanzania

Bengt Sundgren, performance audit manager of AFROSAI-E: What made you win the Prize?

Mr Utouh: One thing was that we got feedback on our submission last year when we did not win. The feedback gave us inspiration to work a bit differently.

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