IDI Update

International Journal of Auditing – April 2005

IDI Welcomes New International Staff Members

IDI staff includes secondees from SAIs around the world. During 2005, two of the current secondees—Kiyoshi Okamoto (Japan) and Patrick Callaghan (United Kingdom)—will end their time with IDI, following in the footsteps of Karin Kuller (Estonia), who left at the end of 2004. In January and February 2005, IDI welcomed the latest secondees. Abdelhakim Ben Lazre, from the SAI of Tunisia, will be program manager for ARABOSAI and French-speaking Africa. Archana P. Shirsat and Pritom Phookun, from the SAI of India, will also be program managers. Ms. Shirsat will oversee developments in AFROSAI-E, CAROSAI, and EUROSAI and will manage IDI’s e-learning program. Mr. Phookun will manage programs in ASOSAI and SPASAI.

Increasing the Pools of Regional Training Specialists

As reported in the January 2005 edition of the Journal, both OLACEFS and Sub-Saharan Francophone African SAIs are partnering with IDI to increase their regional pools of training specialists. Toward this end, a comprehensive 7-week Course Design and Instructional Techniques Workshop (CDITW), funded by IDI, took place in Ecuador in February-March 2005 for OLACEFS participants. The main course design theme for the workshop was the audit of public works. The CDITW for Sub-Saharan Francophone African SAIs will be held in Benin in May-June 2005, and the principle design theme in that workshop will be performance auditing.

Completion of the EUROSAI Long Term Training Program (LTTP) Phase 2

The EUROSAI LTTP Phase 2 was completed on March 18, 2005, at the conclusion of a Regional Audit Workshop (RAW) in Latvia. Russian and English sessions of the RAW were conducted simultaneously, with 32 participants in the Russian-language workshop and 24 in the English-language workshop. Each workshop was split into two parts, with 8 training days devoted to an introductory course on performance auditing and 2 days on fraud awareness. Instructors for both workshops came from SAIs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and were supported by subject matter experts from Russia and the United Kingdom. All the elements of the EUROSAI LTTP Phase 2, including the train-the-trainers workshops, were delivered simultaneously in English and Russian.

IDI Strategic Planning

IDI’s current strategic plan expires at the end of 2006, and development of a new plan began in Hungary in March 2005. As part of its annual meeting, the IDI Board—the owners of the new plan—discussed IDI’s mission and vision and agreed on the process for developing a new plan. Further information on the new strategic plan will be provided in future editions of the Journal.

Liaison with the INTOSAI Standing Committee on IT Auditing

At the end of April 2005, IDI will attend the annual meeting of the INTOSAI Standing Committee on IT Auditing in Bhutan. IDI and the committee will discuss ways they can cooperate to meet the demand within INTOSAI for training and capacity-building activities in IT and IT auditing. In 2004, IDI surveyed SAIs in developing and emerging countries on four subjects covered by INTOSAI standing committees and working groups. The results of the survey clearly indicated a strong demand for IT-related training.

Collaborative Environmental Audit

Building on the success of the IDI Environmental Auditing Workshop (Kenya, February 2004), five members of AFROSAI-E (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, and South Africa) and one member of SPASAI (Fiji) are conducting a pilot collaborative audit on waste management. Regional experts from South Africa and the chair of the INTOSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing are providing subject matter expertise. The audit report will be presented at the inauguration of AFROSAI-E in April 2005, with local reports expected to be published later this year.

Contacting IDI

All IDI telephone and fax numbers changed effective March 1, 2005. The new office telephone number is +47 21 54 08 10, and the new fax number is +47 21 54 08 50. New personal numbers for IDI staff are available online at the IDI Web site:

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