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SAI Etritrea launches new five-year Strategic Plan

At a ceremony held on 22 January in the Eritrean capital of Asmara, the Office of the Auditor General of Eritrea officially launched its five-year Strategic Plan, 2019 -2023.

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.