IDI Update

International Journal of Government Auditing – April 2004

OLACEFS Pilot Public Debt Audit

As part of IDI’s cooperation program with the INTOSAI Public Debt Committee and OLACEFS, a pilot audit of public debt was undertaken in February 2004. OLACEFS public debt “champions,” who had taken part in a program of training activities in 2003, were asked by the SAI of Venezuela to assist Venezuelan auditors in carrying out the pilot audit. The pilot audit lasted for 3 weeks and took place in the debt administration office of the Department of the Treasury. The audit’s main objectives were to prove the methodology used to deliver public debt auditing and to improve the quality of the previously delivered public debt auditing course. The experiences gained will be used during the 2-week regional workshop in public debt auditing in the Dominican Republic, April 26-May 7, 2004.

Detecting Fraud and Corruption: An African Perspective

A meeting was held in South Africa from February 9-13, 2004, to complete the design and development of a 5-day workshop on the detection of fraud and corruption. A number of trainers from the Anglophone Africa region took part in this meeting, as did a subject matter expert from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. The trainers delivered the workshop again in South Africa, March 22-26, 2004.

EUROSAI Long Term Training Program Phase II Update

A Program Orientation and Skills Assessment Workshop (POSAW) was held in Moscow, Russia, February 23-27, 2004. The principal objective of the workshop, which was conducted in both English and Russian, was to select candidates from 19 countries in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Central Asia to take part in the IDI/EUROSAI Phase II Long Term Training Program. Through personal interviews, group activities, and individual presentations, the instructional team was able to evaluate participants’ language skills and potential to be good instructors. This was the first time that IDI had used this type of workshop, and it is expected to have positive outcomes for the quality of participants’ learning experiences during the remainder of the IDI/EUROSAI Phase II Long Term Training Program.

WGEA/IDI Environmental Auditing Project

The second Environmental Auditing Workshop was held in Nairobi, Kenya, February 16-27, 2004, for 30 participants primarily from Anglophone AFROSAI member SAIs. The workshop was the result of a cooperative effort between the IDI and the INTOSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing (WGEA). Six instructors—from the SAIs of the Cook Islands, Hungary, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Zimbabwe—delivered the workshop with the assistance of environmental auditing experts from the SAIs of Canada and South Africa.

Participants conduct a mock interview of an environmental auditee at the Environmental Auditing Workshop in Kenya.
Participants conduct a mock interview of an environmental auditee at the Environmental Auditing Workshop in Kenya.

This 10-day workshop, which aims to transfer knowledge of environmental issues along with the “how-tos” of environmental auditing, requires that participants prepare environmental auditing proposals to be submitted to management when they return to their SAIs. A final version of the course materials will be made available to participants and their SAIs on CD-ROM later in 2004 and will also be added to the IDI International Training Directory, available on the IDI Web site.

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