International Journal of Government Auditing – April 2012
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During 2011, new strategic planning programs were initiated in three regions— OLACEFS, CREFIAF, and ASOSAI—to help SAIs improve in-house capacity for strategic and operational planning. Lessons learned from previous programs conducted in AFROSAI-E and ARABOSAI have led to a program design that includes both needs assessments and strategic and operational planning.
The OLACEFS Strategic Planning Program was launched in October 2011. In February 2012, a team of regional experts and trainers and IDI staff met to adapt the methodology embodied in the IDI Strategic Planning Handbook to the needs of the SAIs of OLACEFS. The team also designed and developed training materials for a 2-week Strategic Planning Workshop, which is scheduled to take place in May 2012.
Two groups of francophone African SAIs in CREFIAF are currently participating in the strategic planning program. In the first group, the participating SAIs have conducted capacity-building needs assessments and, in February 2012, attended a combined Needs Assessment Review Meeting and Strategic Planning Workshop. In the review meeting, the SAIs presented and discussed their respective draft needs assessment reports and received feedback from peers. After the Strategic Planning Workshop, the teams are expected to develop a draft strategic plan for their SAIs before reconvening in September 2012. The second group of SAIs in CREFIAF taking part in this program attended a Needs Assessment Workshop in February 2012 and are currently conducting capacity-building needs assessments by following the recommended process.
In 2009, IDI and AFROSAI-E launched a regional management development program to enhance leadership and managerial capacities in the English-speaking SAIs of Africa. After conducting several regional workshops targeting different levels of management, the rollout at the SAI level was initiated in 2012. In the first phase of the program, 25 participants were trained in facilitation skills and will take part in the rollout of the program in their respective SAIs. The rollout at the SAI level will mainly address senior and operational managers from the audit and corporate departments. The program was rolled out in the SAI of Lesotho in January 2012 and the SAI of Namibia in February 2012. Further SAI rollouts are planned to take place in Botswana, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe later in 2012.
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