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First ELDP comes to an end

The Executive Leadership Development Programme (ELDP) concluded with its fifth and final workshop during March 2016. The programme, which was designed to support executive leaders in the region to turn leadership capacity into capability, involved twenty four participants from six SAIs. The programme was developed and facilitated by internal and external subject matter experts from the Secretariat and the Swedish National Audit Office (SNAO).During the closing dinner, the participants were joined by the facilitation team, as well as Mr Magnus Lindell (DAG) from SNAO, Mr Kimi Makwetu (AG) from...

Advanced Data Analysis Training Using Audit Command Language (ACL)

From 22 – 26 February 2016 a team of 25 auditors from SAI Lesotho, consisting of both regularity auditors and IT auditors gathered for an in-country Advanced ACL Training workshop in Lesotho. The workshop was facilitated by Fredrick Bobo from the Secretariat and Samuel Njenga Waweru, a regional subject matter expert from SAI Kenya.The workshop focused on data analysis using ACL and Ms Excel as tools, with the objectives of enabling participants to understand:• Data acquisition for importation• Data access using ACL and Ms-Office• The Data Dictionary and how to interpret the information...

SAI Liberia first member to conduct IT Audit Self-Assessment

During the week of 7 – 11 March, SAI Liberia became the first member in the AFROSAI-E region to conduct an Information Technology Audit Self-Assessment (ITASA). They were supported in this endeavour by moderators from the Secretariat and the Netherlands Court of Audit (NCA). A report on the outcomes of the assessment was presented to the AG of Liberia. The ITASA enables a SAI to conduct a detailed analysis of the current state of its IT Audit capacity and is an invaluable tool for future planning. The ITASA as well as the IT self-assessment (ITSA) methodology was developed by the EUROSAI...

IDI Training and Planning Workshop for the audit of IFAD- funded projects

From 15 – 26 February representatives from seven AFROSAI-E members (SAIs of Liberia, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, the Gambia, Sierra Leone and Zambia), attended an IDI training and planning workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on the audit of externally funded projects in the agriculture and food sector.Research that was carried out in the agriculture and food security sector revealed among other things that African countries are among the highest recipients of agriculture development aid. Enhancing aid effectiveness in this area is therefore high on the agenda of development partners. One of...

Call for Papers: Master Class at the IIPF Annual Congress 2016

Master Class in Public FinanceIn order to support early-stage Public Finance scholars who are striving to augment their research skills, the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF), in cooperation with the GIZ, will provide interested scholars from Africa the opportunity to participate in a master class to be held back-to-back with the annual IIPF congress. Participants will present their papers and receive feedback on content and methodology from IIPF scholars. Submissions in all fields of public finance will be considered. The working language will be English.Master Class...

RAM update rearing to go

The Regularity Audit Manual (RAM) is part of an overall process to uplift SAIs in the AFROSAI-E region to a professional standard. The manual is in accordance with the ISSAIs (1000-2999); which mean full compliance with all relevant standards and practice notes. An AFROSAI-E central technical team is responsible for maintaining and updating the manual. The manual has been regularly updated since 2007, with the last major update taking place in 2013.In September last year, the technical team met to discuss and outline a roadmap to update the RAM once more. Amongst other things, this RAM update...

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