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ITSA and ITASA workshop: 24 – 28 August 2015

From 24 – 28 August participants from Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Swaziland, gathered in Pretoria, South Africa for the IT Self-Assessment (ITSA) and IT Audit Self-Assessment (ITASA) workshop. Joining the participants were facilitators from the Netherlands SAI and the AFROSAI-E Secretariat.The workshop was focussed on both the IT and the IT audit self-assessment processes with the overall objectives of:adopting a common methodology to be used in the assessment of IT and IT Audit capabilities within the SAIempowering participants to understand the self-...

Centenary seminar of the Court of Auditors of the State of Bahia, Brazil

Bahia is one of the 26 states of Brazil, and is located in the eastern part of the country on the Atlantic coast. It is the fourth most populous Brazilian state after São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro, and the fifth-largest in size. From 19 – 21 August, the Court of Auditors of the State of Bahia – which is one of 33 Brazilian sub-national entities – held a celebratory centenary seminar in the state capital Salvador. Wynand Wentzel was invited to attend the seminar which carried the theme: “The Performance of the Control Entities in the Contemporary World”.In his opening address Mr...

First regional IntoSAINT Moderators Training Workshop

From 13 – 17 July 2015, nineteen participants from nine countries came together in South Africa to attend the first regional IntoSAINT Moderators Training Workshop. Executed as part of a partnership between AFROSAI-E and the Netherlands Court of Audit (NCA), this workshop aimed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills they would need to facilitate an IntoSAINT workshop in their own country.The IntoSAINT is a self-diagnostic tool that was originally developed for public sector organisations in the Netherlands, but was subsequently customised to meet the specific needs of SAIs. The...

The AFROSAI-E Secretariat welcomes Ms Esther Thomas

The AFROSAI-E Secretariat staff composition is dynamic in nature due to the number of subject matter experts that are seconded from member SAIs and institutional partners. And while it is always sad to say farewell to members of the Secretariat family, it also provides the opportunity to say welcome to a fresh face in the team. Such an opportunity has once again arisen this month as we say a fond farewell to Mr Ole Schøyen, and welcome in his place Ms Esther Thomas as the new Technical Manager for Regularity Audit. Esther, an Assistant Director General at the Auditor-General of Norway,...

The Secretariat bids farewell to Mr Ole Schøyen

At the end of August, following a two-year secondment to the AFROSAI-E Secretariat, we unfortunately have to say goodbye to Mr Ole Schøyen. During his time at the Secretariat, he’s made significant inroads in building regularity audit capacity in the region and his technical insights and lively personality will indeed be missed!But we couldn’t let Ole leave without asking him about his time at AFROSAI-E and, what he will miss the most! This is what he had to say:Q: What has been the most satisfying part of the job during your time at the AFROSAI-E Secretariat?A: The most satisfying part of...

MDP rollout workshop in SAI Malawi: 27 – 31 July 2015

In sharp contrast to the tranquil setting of the Lake Malawi shores, the 36 managers of SAI Malawi that participated in their first MDP rollout worked up a storm to meet the ambitious workshop objectives. The workshop, which marked the 13th regional MDP rollout, was structured into four modules with a total of 15 sessions and an overarching theme of: Staying Relevant.  The main objective of the workshop was to help managers identify gaps in their managerial capabilities and challenge them to pioneer their own personal development together with that of their SAI. Sessions included...

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