International Journal of Government Auditing – April 2011
IDI is cooperating with AFROSAI-E in launching a regional Management Development Program (MDP). The short-term strategy for the program is to pilot regional management workshops to raise awareness, increase management capacity, and document regional management development. The MDP workshops also aim to (1) provide an opportunity for managers from different SAI levels to share knowledge and experiences and (2) create a pool of regional resource persons or “champions” to take management initiatives forward in the region. As a long-term regional strategy, local management development interventions will be combined with annual regional events, and the region will facilitate management development initiatives at the SAI level.
During 2010, the program focused on senior managers in audit and corporate service clusters from regional SAIs. Needs assessment surveys were completed to ascertain the needs of senior and operational managers. The survey results provided basic input into the design of the MDP workshops. In May 2010, the design team—including core team members and regional resource persons—met to design and develop material to be used in the MDP workshops. In August 2010, two workshops were held for 20 SAI senior managers from audit and corporate clusters. After being exposed to MDP concepts and management tools available in the region, the participating managers developed individual action plans.
In 2011, the MDP will focus on addressing the management training needs of the operational managers from regional SAIs. In February 2011, the core team and regional resource persons met to develop material for workshops for the operational managers, which are to be held in May and June 2011.
In 2008, a cooperation program with the INTOSAI Working Group of Public Debt (WGPD) was launched to enhance professional staff development and organizational capacity in conducting public debt management audits. Since that time, 8-week e-learning courses in English and French have been delivered, an online audit plan has been developed, and pilot audits on various public debt topics have been carried out. SAI audit teams that successfully completed pilot audit work by February 2011 attended one of three audit review meetings in Morocco, Zambia, and the Philippines in March and April 2011.
A total of 29 SAI audit teams from the AFROSAI-E, ARABOSAI, ASOSAI, CREFIAF, EUROSAI, and PASAI regions attended the review meetings. The meetings provided an opportunity for detailed peer and expert feedback on draft audit reports, discussions of the draft public debt audit guideline, and the development of individual SAI action plans to implement program outputs in the respective SAIs for their internal capacity-building programs. Also participating in the meeting were experts from the WGPD, the Debt Management and Financial Analysis System (DMFAS) Programme of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the Commonwealth Secretariat (COMSEC).
In connection with the review meetings, IDI also ran two public debt system training courses for 15 participating SAIs from AFROSAI-E and CREFIAF. This type of training builds practical skills and knowledge of the systems among participants and gives them a deeper understanding of the public debt management systems of their countries. Wrap-up and exit meetings for this program will be conducted toward the end of 2011 to finalize program outputs and discuss lessons learned and the way forward.
An IDI/ASOSAI instructor planning meeting for the program took place in Bhutan in September 2010. On the basis of the program design that the stakeholders had agreed upon, the meeting focused on developing 2-week courseware and a draft handbook on quality assurance in performance auditing. The handbook will be used later during the program to create a pool of trained staff in quality assurance in performance audit in each target SAI.
IDI cooperated with OLACEFS to train a third group of IDI-certified training specialists. In 2010, IDI, with the assistance of virtual tutors and e-learning experts from OLACEFS and an e-learning provider, developed and deployed a 21-week Course Design and Development Workshop (CDDW). This was the first time the CDDW had been tested in a full-scale e-learning mode. A total of 41 participants from 16 SAIs successfully completed the virtual phase of the program from July to December 2010. These participants were invited to a 3-week Instructional Techniques Workshop in March 2011 where they were exposed to a variety of instructional and facilitation techniques. Participants who demonstrated adequate skills in both course design and instructional techniques are to receive an IDI diploma and graduate as IDI-certified training specialists in April 2011.
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