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13th Technical Update: AFROSAI-E Awards of Recognition

One of the highlights of the Technical Update is the opportunity to recognise SAIs that demonstrate commitment to the implementation of guidance, innovation in their approaches and excellence in their work.

During our carnival-themed gala dinner we were delighted to hand over the awards for the 2018 winners.

AFROSAI-E 13th Technical Update

The 13th AFROSAI-E Technical Update was the most well-attended annual Update we’ve ever hosted. Over 160 representatives from SAIs and a diverse range of partners and stakeholders participated.

The Update provided an important platform for members and stakeholders to learn more about the activities and developments in the AFROSAI-E region and to discuss, debate and share experiences on a variety of topics related to SAIs demonstrating relevance.

EITI Conference on Beneficial Ownership Transparency

Theme: Opening Up Ownership: Africa Harnessing the potential of Extractives 

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Conference took place in Dakar, Senegal from 31 October to 2 November 2018. This conference was held to share experiences on the status of progress towards 2020 in terms of the EITI standard 2.5 (c) of 2016 implementation. AFROSAI-E was invited to speak at the event on Getting accurate ownership data in a panel discussion. Other panel members included representatives from the African Development Bank Office of Integrity and Anticorruption, the Open Data Services Cooperative, the OECD, the Ukraine International Renaissance Foundation, and the Senegal Cornerstone Advisory

SAI Liberia gets hands on with FAM

Throughout the AFROSAI-E region, SAIs are taking up the challenge to transition from the Regularity Audit methodology, used since 2010, to the new Financial and Compliance Audit methodologies. SAI Liberia is one of the SAIs taking up this challenge. During the last week of August, a hands-on training workshop was held in Margibi County, Liberia, on the Financial Audit Manual (FAM) for Managers and Senior Auditors. 

SAIs put spotlight on protection of vulnerable coastal ecosystems

SAI Liberia brings attention to critical issues of Coastal and Marine Management with Audit and documentary film

SAI Liberia launched its Coastal and Marine Management Audit at a Symposium in Monrovia on 20 August 2018. The Coastal and Marine Management Audit by the General Auditing Commission of Liberia (CAG) was done as part of a cooperative audit on this topic, coordinated by AFROSAI-E with support from GIZ. 

Developing IT Audit Champions in the AFROSAI-E region

The first IT Audit Champions Programme concluded in July with the 3rd module workshop, held in Kigali, Rwanda. 

Governments within the AFROSAI-E region have embraced technology by digitising their existing processes and services. Some have gone the extra mile to use digital technologies to fundamentally re-design and transform their business models. This rapid change and sophistication of technology has however come at a cost. There are many cases of fraud being committed using information technology hence, the need to equip the IT auditors with skills to audit the ever-evolving IT environment.

Leadership changes at SAI Malawi and SAI Zambia

We regret to inform you that Mr Stephenson Kamphasa’s term as Auditor General of SAI Malawi ended on 11 June 2018.

Also, in sad news from SAI Zambia, Mr Ron Mwambwa, who had been acting Auditor General for the last three years, has also left the SAI. 

SAIs leading by example with exemplary reports

ISSAI 12: Value and Benefits of SAIs, requires SAIs to communicate their audit messages clearly and understandably, to enable effective oversight and; to lead by example in exercising their mandate. This month we highlight two reports from member SAIs that demonstrates their commitment to these ideals.

Sharing of experiences at CBC Peer Review Subcommittee meeting

The Peer Review Subcommittee of the INTOSAI Capacity Building Committee, held a conference in Bratislava in June 2018. AFROSAI-E CEO, Meisie Nkau, attended the conference.

The conference created an opportunity for SAIs and regional organisations to share experiences, good practices and different peer review mechanisms and tools. Meisie used this opportunity to share the AFROSAI-E mechanism namely the Institutional Capacity Building Framework (ICBF) annual self-assessment tool, which is complimented tri-annual quality assurance reviews.

SAIs and the Cybersecurity challenge

Penetration testing as a defence mechanism against cybercrime

The increase of information systems has brought with it many new developments to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of business processes. But, it has also brought major challenges. Among the most concerning is the concern of cybersecurity in organisations and government institutions and the threat of cyber-attacks against productivity systems.

In defence against these cyber threats, organisations need cybersecurity expertise to detect, prevent and investigate cyber threats.

AFROSAI-E and OIG collaborate to improve grant performance and oversight

OIG has piloted new model of collaboration to audit grants

AFROSAI-E and the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) signed a memorandum of understanding in February 2017 to improve the oversight over Global Fund grants implemented by state Principal Recipients (PRs), and to strengthen relationships between the OIG and the supreme audit institutions (SAIs). One year after that signature, Aidspan analyzes the context in which the Global Fund grants are audited, and changes that have occurred as a result of this collaboration. Click here to read the full article on the Aidspan website.

2017 State of the Region: ICBF Self-Assessment Report

It is our great pleasure to present the 2017 State of the Region: ICBF Self-Assessment Report. The report provides information from a SAI institutional perspective on the level of development and that of the public-sector auditing in the region.

Support World Environmental Day on 5 June 2018

Beat Plastic Pollution. If you can’t reuse it, refuse it.

World Environment Day is celebrated globally each year on 5 June. Thousands of communities celebrate this United Nations Environment-led initiative world-wide. On this day, citizens from around the world are reminded that they have a responsibility to take ownership of their environment and to actively engage in the protection of our beautiful planet.

Public sector professionalisation placed firmly on African agenda

Accountants general, auditors general and the accounting profession are collaborating to build capacity of accounting professionals that are capacitated to meet the needs of the public sector.

The 5th meeting of the African Professionalisation Initiative’s Interim Oversight Board (IOB) was held at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 2 May 2018. For the first time, the IOB was fully constituted with 15 members, as was envisaged in its terms of reference.

SAI Kenya nabs 2017 Best Performance Audit Report Prize!

The winner of the coveted annual Best Performance Audit Prize in the AFROSAI-E region was announced this morning during the first day of the 2018 Strategic Review and Governing Board meeting. The report entitled, The Provision of Mental Healthcare Services in Kenya, was carried out by David Nyakiana, Joseph Gor and Vivienne Khatundi from the Office of the Auditor General of Kenya.

Jam-packed year kicks off with multiple training interventions

We’ve wasted no time to start the new year off with several exciting events and interventions, the first of which was hosting members of AFROSAI for an Institutional Strengthening meeting in January. This was followed by a meeting with the Good Financial Governance network partners, namely ATAF, AFROPAC, AFROSAI and CABRI to further agree on the way forward on the Declaration on Illicit Financial Flows. In addition, meetings were held with the INTOSAI IDI and Donor Secretariat to discuss areas of collaboration to support SAIs in the region. Click here to read more on this meeting. Click read more below to learn more about the other events. 

New partnership to strengthen challenged SAIs

IDI, AFROSAI-E and CREFIAF have established a partnership to contribute to the greater performance of the most challenged SAIs.This partnership has been established to follow the new Tier 2 initiative of the Global Call for Proposals (GCP). The SAIs included in the initiative are The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Madagascar, Guinea, Togo and Niger (French-speaking, CREFIAF members), Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Gambia (English speaking, AFROSAI-E members). How many of these SAIs to be supported by the Tier 2 Partners is expected to be clarified in mid-2018.

Partnership established with regional grouping of Accountants General

The chief executive officers of AFROSAI-E, PAFA and ESAAG recently met to discuss the professionalisation initiative currently being led by AFROSAI-E and PAFA. The initiative aims to professionalise public sector accounting and auditing in Africa. An invitation was extended to ESAAG members to participate in the work as partners with AFROSAI-E and PAFA. This would include nominating ESAAG members to serve on the Interim Oversight Board (IOB) on the Professionalisation of Public Sector Accounting and Auditing in Africa. This is in line with the terms of reference of the IOB which envisages ESAAG as being founding members of the IOB.

Strengthening regional cooperation with ARABOSAI MoU

Regional Working Groups supporting each other to grow capacity and thereby being better enabled to support their member SAIs, is a great example of living the INTOSAI motte of “mutual experience benefits all”. In this spirit, AFROSAI-E and ARABOSAI has signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on issues related to promoting good governance, particularly the strengthening of accountability, transparency, and integrity.

African professionalisation initiative discussed at INTOSAI CBC and TFIAP

The AFROSAI-E Executive Secretariat had the opportunity to share their work in regional professionalisation at the recent INTOSAI Capacity Building Committee (CBC) meeting held at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC during September 2017. The presentation provided context to the work being performed by AFROSAI-E in partnership with the Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) and the East and Southern African Association of Accountants General (ESAAG). This collaborative initiative aims to support professionalisation efforts across the African continent in both auditing and accounting in the public sector.

Enhancements in competency framework for professional public sector accountants and auditors

The professionalisation of African public sector accounting and auditing takes another step forward.

The African Organisation of English-speaking Supreme Institutions (AFROSAI-E), the Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) and the East and Southern African Association of Accountants General (ESAAG) are partnering to drive professionalisation in African public sectors. This partnership will result in the establishment of coordinating structures to oversee and support professionalisation efforts across the continent. An interim oversight board (IOB) has been established to begin this work.

AFROSAI-E welcomes Meisie Nkau as new CEO

It is with great pleasure that we introduce Mrs Meisie Nkau as the new CEO of AFROSAI-E.

The AFROSAI-E Governing Board appointed Meisie during its meeting in May 2017, and she formally takes up her duties as CEO today. Outgoing CEO, Mr Wessel Pretorius will continue to provide support for an interim period until December 2017.

Senior Leadership Development Programme (SLDP) starts this week

Turning leadership from capacity into capability

The AFROSAI-E Senior Leadership Development Programme (SLD) starts this week with the first of 3 workshops. Senior leadership teams from the SAIs of South Africa, Mozambique, Nigeria, Namibia, Kenya and Tanzania are participating in the SLDP, with a total of 26 leaders taking part. The programme aims to improve the critical competencies, conceptual knowledge, values and behaviours that are fundamental for leadership teams to inspire, influence, motivate, recognise and guide others to achieve and sustain excellence in the SAI environment.

Joint effort of Professional Accounting Organisations and Auditors General to drive public sector professionalisation

The third meeting of the Interim Oversight Board (IOB) for the Professionalisation of Public Sector Accounting and Auditing in Africa was held in Nairobi, Kenya from 6 to 7 July 2017. It was the first IOB meeting to include five members nominated by the Pan-African Federation of Accountants (PAFA). These new members joined the existing IOB membership of five Auditors General from within the AFROSAI-E region. 

AFROSAI-E affirms commitment to curbing IFFs

AFROSAI-E collaborates with African public finance networks to sign a Good Financial Governance Declaration to affirm their commitment to curbing IFFs

AFROSAI-E is collaborating with AFROSAI and other African public finance role-players to tackle the critical issue of curbing Illicit Financial Flows. Executive Officer, Wynand Wentzel joined 250 delegates from 42 countries attended an international conference on the theme “Tackling Illicit Financial Flows: An African approach to a global phenomenon” in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from 24 – 26 May 2017. The conference resulted in four African Good Financial Governance (GFG) networks, as organisers of the conference, and several delegates signing the Good Financial Declaration. The Declaration lists agreements of joint and individual actions to be carried out by the networks and its members in the fight against IFFs.

Exciting new vacancies at the AFROSAI-E Secretariat

AFROSAI-E is looking for suitable candidates to fill the following two exciting new vacancies in the Secretariat:

Manager: Environmental Audit

Manager: Finance and Administration

A professionalisation strategy by Africa for Africa

In the last six months, we’ve made exciting progress on our AFROSAI-E Professionalisation Strategy. The strategy aims to bring stakeholders together at a regional level to “set the standard for public sector accounting and auditing professionals, and provide the tools to turn this standard into reality” (click here to obtain more information about the strategy). The strategy is currently in an awareness raising phase. The mantra for 2017 is to “Create awareness and build support. This update outlines the achievements to date

Sierra Leone Auditor General Receives National Award

The Auditor General of Sierra Leone, Mrs Lara Taylor-Pearce has been decorated with the award of "Grand Officer of the Order of the Rokel" by His Excellency the President, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma. The prestigious award was presented to the Auditor General during the nation’s 56th Independence anniversary on 27 April 2017 at a grand ceremony at State House, Freetown.

Call for proposals on Independent Sustainability Assessment of AFROSAI-E

AFROSAI-E requires the services of a specialist consultant with the necessary research expertise, to assess the long-term role and function of AFROSAI-E and develop a Sustainability Plan

AFROSAI-E Quality Assurance Certification gets underway

To further grow the quality assurance capacity in the region, AFROSAI-E developed a Quality Assurance Certification programme in accordance with the ISSAIs, which is being rolled-out for the first time this year. The QA Certification is intended to strengthen the credibility of the independent QA review processes and procedures within the region, ensure greater consistency in QA practices and, will result in a strong pool of certified QA professionals.

Fruitful engagement with the Pan African Parliament

Engaging with key stakeholders on areas to enhance collaboration on good governance is a priority for AFROSAI-E. In support of this focus, the Executive Officer, Wynand Wentzel, attended the Committee on Audit and Public Account (CAPA) of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) during its sitting on 7 March 2017.

Strengthening cooperation with the Office of the Global Fund Inspectorate

On 8 February 2017, AFROSAI-E CEO Mr Wessel Pretorius and the Inspector General of the Global Fund, Mr Mouhamadou Diagne, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the purpose of coordinating information exchanges concerning oversight activities.

AFROSAI-E Transversal Activity Report 2015_Brochure

This brochure provides high level information on our Institutional Capacity Building Framework (ICBF) and captures the highlights of the 2015 Transversal Activity Report

Integrating Environmental Audit Risks in an Audit at LG level_Brochure

With the support of the GIZ, AFROSAI-E developed an innovative audit approach to integrate environmental audit risks at local government level, in the normal audit activities of supreme audit institutions. This brochure provides more information on the approach and shares the story of two SAIs (Sierra Leone and South Africa) that implemented it in 2016. Through this innovative and resource-effective approach, AFROSAI-E is making a difference in the performance of its member SAIs and; helping them to make a difference in the lives of citizens.

AFROSAI-E Brochure

The AFROSAI-E brochure provides a concise look at our organisation, our vision and our capacity building approach.

AFROSAI-E welcomes two new Auditors-General

We are very pleased to welcome Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo as the new Auditor-General of SAI Ghana and Mr Anthony Mkpe Ayine as the new Auditor-General of SAI Nigeria. Mr Domelevo, formerly a Senior Financial Management Specialist in charge of the Public Financial Management projects in Zimbabwe and Malawe, was appointed with effect from 30 December 2016.

Participation in CABRI policy dialogue on managing contingent liabilities

Contingent liabilities pose an increasing risk of destabilising a government’s public finances. As ministries of finance develop their public debt management capabilities, an important consideration is the role of the middle office in managing contingent risks. From 7 – 8 December 2016, CABRI (Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative), held a policy dialogue session to provide risk managers with an opportunity to share their experiences on challenges they have faced, the lessons they have learnt and the good practices they are striving to implement.

AFROSAI-E mourns loss of Seychelles Auditor-General

The AFROSAI-E community was greatly saddened by the tragic loss of Mr Marc Benstrong, the Auditor-General of SAI Seychelles. Mr Benstrong, had been in the public service for 36 years. He had started his career in the Ministry of Finance, and had risen to the rank of Director General for Financial Planning and Control before being appointed as Auditor-General in October 2001. He had completed two seven-year terms as Auditor-General and had begun a third term in October 2015. Mr Benstrong passed away suddenly on 23 December 2016 whilst on duty.

New position available at the IDI

The IDI is currently seeking to fill the position of Head of Administration and INTOSAI Donor Secretariat. For further details and to apply please see the link below. The deadline for applications is 10 February 2017 Link to advertisement: