The National Audit Office of The Gambia receives prize for best performance audit report
The National Audit Office of The Gambia has been awarded the prize for the best performance audit report in the AFROSAI-E region.
The aim of the prize, that was initiated by AFROSAI-E with support by the Swedish National Audit Office, is to benchmark good practices in performance audit and to highlight efforts made by performance auditors around the region. As Chair of the Prize’s international jury, the Swedish National Audit Office leads the process to select the winner.
The independent international review team unanimously declared the winning audit report among many qualified contributions.
The winning report is entitled “Performance audit report: Emergency Obstetric care in Public Health Facilities, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare”. It deals with access to acute obstetric care in public health facilities in The Gambia. Maternal deaths are a major challenge in The Gambia. The purpose of the review is to assess the effectiveness of the efforts taken to ensure quality in maternity care. The report is based on, among other things, the UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 3, which deals with women’s health and ways to reduce maternal deaths.
It is an impressive review with a clear citizen’s perspective that highlights serious problems in emergency obstetric care. The Review analyses the causes of the identified problems in a clear and consistent manner. It provides the government with assistance with measures aimed at reducing childbirth complications, maternal mortality and, in the long term, medical costs, says Dag Levin Sparr, international advisor at the Swedish National Audit Office and Chairman of the international review team.
For this year’s competition, reports had been nominated, from the SAIs of Botswana, Mauritius, Rwanda, Tanzania, The Gambia and Zambia.
The Prize was presented by Auditor General Helena Lindberg during AFROSAI-E’s annual Strategic Review meeting for member SAIs in the region.
It is wonderful to see so many strong contributions in this year’s competition. It shows that Supreme Audit Institutions around the world continue to fulfil their role of safeguarding the efficient and effective use of funds – despite the current difficult conditions posed by the Pandemic, says Auditor General Helena Lindberg.
The number of reports submitted for the competition, illustrates the resilience of SAIs in our region. This despite the challenges and limitations experienced globally. Congratulations to our first-time winner, team-Gambia for an excellent report.” Meisie Nkau, AFROSAI-E CEO
The review team of the winning report is invited to the Swedish National Audit Office for a study visit aimed at exchanging knowledge and experiences with Swedish colleagues. Due to the pandemic, the Swedish National Audit Office plans to invite the winners next year.
Click here to access all the nominated Performance Reports
Click here to watch a short video with Auditor General Helena Lindberg presenting the winning report.