International Journal of Government Auditing – April 2009
IDI and AFROSAI-F/CREFIAF (the regional organization for French-speaking Africa) are delivering another train the trainer program, which will give the region a new group of IDI-certified training specialists. A 7-week Course Design and Instructional Techniques Workshop took place in Tunisia in February and March 2009. The workshop included a module on capacity building that will enable the participants to introduce and facilitate capacity-building initiatives in their SAIs. As part of this workshop, the participants designed a course on audit methodology. This course is to be used in 2010 and 2011 to train a large number of auditors from the regional SAIs.
IDI and ASOSAI are running a blended learning program to train a new group of IDI certified training specialists in the region. In March 2009, the program instructors held a 2-week meeting in Bhutan to plan and prepare for the remaining part of the program. After the Course Design and Development Workshop held in Vietnam in November 2008, the 37 program participants completed a 6-week practicum. During this phase, they collaborated online on the project Web site to design and develop audit courses on Developing a Strategic Plan for SAIs and Developing the Professional Capacity of SAIs. The participants will reconvene in China for the Instructional Techniques Workshop in May 2009.
IDI and OLACEFS launched a Needs Assessment Program in the region in 2008. The program is being delivered twice because of the regional SAIsí strong interest in the topic. In September 2008, teams from the first group of eight SAIs attended the Needs Assessment Workshop. After the workshop, they performed institutional needs assessments of their SAIs. In February 2009, the needs assessment teams held a 1-week review meeting in Panama so that the teams could present the results of the needs assessments conducted in their SAIs and get feedback on their reports from peers. During the meeting, participants also commented on the needs assessment tools and framework they used to assess their SAIsí needs. Another objective of this review meeting was to suggest ways to proceed and use the results of these assessments to develop SAI capacity.
The second round of the Needs Assessment Program will be launched in 2009. The instructors met in Costa Rica in March 2009 to plan and prepare for the next workshop, which will be delivered in June 2009 to needs assessment teams from nine SAIs in the region.
Several meetings were held in CAROSAI in February 2009. The first was a 1-day meeting of the Regional Institutional Strengthening Committee, which determined the terms of reference for four committees established to implement the CAROSAI strategic plan for 2008Ė2011 and to develop and adopt an operational plan for 2009. Following this, the National Audit Office of United Kingdom delivered a 2-day Master Class on Human Resource Development for SAI heads and senior management. This meeting was followed by a needs assessment focus group to consolidate and confirm the results of the needs assessment survey carried out in December 2008 and January 2009 and to discuss plans to address the needs of SAIs in the region. Finally, a day was set aside for a strategic planning meeting for the Capacity Building Program on Quality Assurance for Financial Audits. The program design for the proposed quality assurance program was also discussed with the heads of CAROSAI SAIs.
IDI representatives attended and reported at the following events in recent months: meeting of the INTOSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing (Qatar), EUROSAI Training Committee meeting (Portugal), meeting of the CAROSAI Regional Institutional Strengthening Committee (St. Lucia), inaugural meeting of the AFROSAI Capacity Building Committee (South Africa), steering committee meeting of the INTOSAI Knowledge Sharing Committee (India), meeting of Subcommittee 1 of the Capacity Building Committee (Sweden), ARABOSAI/EUROSAI Conference (France), and the meeting of the PASAI Transitional Working Group and Subregional Audit Support program (New Zealand). The IDIís annual board meeting was held in Oslo on March 18.
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