IDI Update

International Journal of Government Auditing – July 2008

IDI/AFROSAI-E Development of Model Audit Files

In 2007, IDI and AFROSAI-E (the regional working group for English-speaking African SAIs) developed a handbook on conducting regional and SAI quality assurance reviews for both regularity and performance audits. At the beginning of April 2008, a team comprising five regional regularity audit experts, an external expert, and IDI staff met in South Africa for a 1-week workshop to develop two model audit files in regularity auditing. These files were developed according to the latest audit standards and will be released to all SAIs in the region to help them improve the quality of their regularity audits.

IDI/ARABOSAI Needs Assessment Program

IDI and ARABOSAI are running a needs assessment program for 18 regional SAIs to assess their capacity-building needs, develop their needs assessment abilities, and identify future cooperation programs. Because there is strong interest in this program, the participating SAIs have been divided into two groups.

Teams from the first group of SAIs attended the 2-week Workshop on Needs Assessment in Morocco in February 2008, where they were trained in conducting needs assessments using the global needs assessment framework and toolkit developed by the IDI and adapted to the ARABOSAI environment. At the end of June and beginning of July 2008, the teams met for 1 week in Libya to review the needs assessments they had carried out following the February workshop. The second group of SAIs attended the Workshop on Needs Assessment in Tunisia in April 2008 and is currently working on needs assessments that they will present at their review meeting later this year.

Workshop to Develop Global Strategic Planning Handbook

A team of resource persons from IDI, AFROSAI-E, CAROSAI, OLACEFS, and ARABOSAI met in Oslo for a week in May 2008 to write a strategic planning handbook that provides guidance to both individual SAIs and INTOSAI regions. This handbook is based on the model that IDI has used and the experiences it has gained through the strategic planning programs delivered to 10 countries of AFROSAI-E and CAROSAI in recent years. IDI will review the materials developed and will distribute copies to INTOSAI regions.

IDI/AFROSAI-E Calibration Workshop

AFROSAI-E has used an Institutional Strengthening Framework to assess both the needs and the level of development of regional SAIs. After the needs assessment model and tools were pilot tested in the region, there was a felt need to revisit the framework and to modify the model and tools in light of lessons learned. To meet this need, a team consisting of five regional experts, two persons from the AFROSAI-E secretariat, representatives from institutional partners, and IDI staff met for a 7 days in Oslo in May 2008. The result of this meeting was a modified, outcome-oriented model that IDI and AFROSAI-E will use for all subsequent interventions in the region.

IDI/OLACEFS Needs Assessment Program

This year, IDI and OLACEFS will conduct a needs assessment program to identify capacity-building needs in OLACEFS and develop regional capacity to carry out needs assessments by training a pool of SAI staff on needs assessment methodology and techniques. At a 3-day meeting in Oslo in April 2008 to plan for the upcoming program, representatives from the secretariat of the Regional Training Committee (Peru) and IDI staff gathered to agree on the way forward. In June, a 2-week design meeting was held in Lima, Peru, to adapt IDI’s tools and framework to the circumstances of OLACEFS and design a 2-week Workshop on Needs Assessment that will be delivered later this year to teams from selected SAIs.

IDI/ASOSAI Blended Learning Program to Train Trainers

In response to ASOSAI’s urgent request for a new group of IDI-certified training specialists, IDI is piloting a blended e-learning and face-to-face training for the third delivery of this program in ASOSAI. All participants will go through a Web-based preparatory phase before attending the Course Design and Development Workshop later this year. To select participants from the targeted SAIs for this program, a Web-based selection process took place in June 2008.

IDI´s Liaison with the INTOSAI Community

In its ongoing effort to collaborate with partners in the INTOSAI community, IDI representatives recently attended and reported at the following meetings: the SPASAI Congress (Cook Islands), the Caribbean Regional Public Financial Management Conference (St. Lucia), the Financial Stakeholders Meeting in AFROSAI (Tunisia), the Steering Committee Meeting of the INTOSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing (Estonia), the meeting of the INTOSAI Working Group on IT Audit (Japan), the Performance Audit Subcommittee meeting (Brazil), the VII EUROSAI Congress (Poland), and the meeting of INTOSAI and other donor institutions on external funding of development activities (Switzerland).

Contacting IDI

To discuss any of the issues raised in this edition of the IDI Update, please contact IDI:

E-mail: idi@idi.no
Web site: www.idi.no