IDI Update

International Journal of Auditing – January 2004

Enhancing the Pool of Training Specialists in Anglophone Africa

A Course Design and Development Workshop (CDDW) was the focus of AFROSAI-E in November 2003. The workshop was led by the subregion’s own training specialists, with audit practitioners who had completed one of the three previous AFROSAI-E Instructional Techniques Workshops comprising the participants. As a result of the workshop, a 5-day course on Detection of Fraud and Irregularities was developed for future delivery in the region. In addition, participants who successfully complete the workshop’s requirements will be awarded an IDI Training Specialists Diploma.

Performance Auditing in ARABOSAI

A 2-week Performance Audit Workshop, including a module on fraud and corruption, was delivered to a group of 25 ARABOSAI auditors at the beginning of December 2003. The workshop was delivered by a number of ARABOSAI’s training specialists.

IDI’s EUROSAI Program Looks Eastward

A meeting was held in Oslo, Norway, November 17-19, 2003, to plan the delivery of the IDI/EUROSAI Phase II Long Term Training Program (LTTP) for countries in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Central Asia. A training consultant and IDI training specialists from EUROSAI and ASOSAI attended the meeting, as did a subject matter expert from the SAI of Russia.

The second activity of the Phase II LTTP, a Course Design and Development Workshop to be delivered in both Russian and English, will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, April 26- June 4, 2004.

ASOSAI Symposium for Training Specialists

At the recent 9th ASOSAI Assembly, the IDI proposal to hold a regional symposium for training specialists was approved. All of IDI’s graduate training specialists in the ASOSAI region will be invited to the symposium, which will be held in Thailand from March 29-April 2, 2004. The main objectives of the symposium will be to enhance and upgrade training specialists’ skills and to start preliminary course design work on several topics suggested by ASOSAI, such as the audit of fraud and corruption, and good management of public audit. It is expected that some of these course designs will subsequently be developed into full training courses.

Environmental Auditing Project

The first delivery of a pilot 2-week environmental auditing workshop was held in Turkey November 3-14, 2003. The workshop is the first fruit of the cooperative project between IDI and the INTOSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing (WGEA). A total of 29 participants from 15 ASOSAI member SAIs attended the workshop, which was designed using IDI’s training methodology. An instructor team comprising eight training specialists from AFROSAI-E, ASOSAI, EUROSAI, and SPASAI delivered the workshop. By the end of the 2 weeks, each participant had prepared an environmental audit proposal and action plan to submit to their SAI’s management upon return. The second delivery of the workshop is planned for AFROSAI-E in 2004.

CAROSAI Completes the Long Term Regional Training Program

Following the Regional Audit Workshop in Trinidad and Tobago in November 2003, CAROSAI becomes the latest INTOSAI region to complete IDI’s Long Term Regional Training Program (LTRTP). The LTRTP is a comprehensive series of workshops and training-related events that helps a region build its training capacity. CAROSAI now has a pool of regional trainers who can be used at both the national level and in any future regional course deliveries. The Trinidad and Tobago workshop saw eight recently graduated training specialists delivering an 8-day financial audit workshop combined with a 2-day fraud module to 30 participants from 18 SAIs in the region.

Web Site Changes Planned

The IDI web site ( has been operational for over 2 years, and IDI is planning to upgrade its functionality and content during 2004. IDI invites comments from users, particularly from developing and emerging countries. If you are a Web site user and would like to help by answering a brief questionnaire (available in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish) please contact Patrick Callaghan (e-mail:; fax: ++47 22 24 10 24; telephone: ++47 22 24 11 14).

Contacting IDI

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