IDI Update

International Journal of Government Auditing – October 2005

Capacity Building for Newly Established SAIs in ASOSAI

IDI and the Asian Development Bank are sponsoring and implementing a capacity-building program for newly established SAIs in ASOSAI. The program is intended to meet the needs of relatively new SAIs in the region, where the audit capacity of member SAIs differs widely. Two subregional groups will be targeted—one in Central Asia (including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia) and the other in Indochina (including Afghanistan, Cambodia, Maldives, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam). The first needs survey mission, for the Central Asian republics, took place in Mongolia in August 2005. The mission identified the wider capacity-building needs of the target SAIs and obtained their commitment to follow-up activities. Two workshops will be designed and delivered in each subregion following needs surveys.

New Pool of Training Specialists in Sub-Saharan Francophone African SAIs (CREFIAF)

Thirty participants from the Sub-Saharan Francophone African SAIs (CREFIAF) successfully completed a comprehensive 7-week Course Design and Instructional Techniques Workshop held in Cotonou, Benin, in June 2005. As part of the workshop, participants developed a course on performance auditing. The participants are now designing 2-day courses on others topics, which they will submit to IDI in order to be certified as IDI training specialists.

Update on the OLACEFS E-learning Project

The IDI/OLACEFS pilot project on e-learning is proceeding on schedule. The persons involved in delivering the course recently completed a trial period and are serving as tutors in the performance auditing course, which began in mid-September 2005 and will run for 10 weeks. Sixty participants from SAIs in OLACEFS are enrolled in the course.

Other Activities in OLACEFS

In June 2005, seven new OLACEFS training specialists met with IDI staff in San José, Costa Rica, to redesign and improve the 2-week course on the Audit of Public Services that was designed during their Course Design and Instructional Techniques Workshop in Quito, Ecuador, earlier in the year. The new training specialists served as instructors for the course when it was delivered in Bogotá, Colombia, in September 2005.

IDI/ARABOSAI Capacity-building Program in IT Auditing

IDI and ARABOSAI recently entered into a new cooperation agreement for a capacity-building program in IT audit. The objective is to train a pool of 24 IT auditing “champions” from eight SAIs that are currently carrying out IT audits or are implementing IT auditing. The first activity of the program was a 3-day curriculum meeting held in Oslo, Norway, in August 2005. Participants included IDI staff; subject matter experts from Norway, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates; and representatives from ARABOSAI. This was followed by a design meeting held in Jordan in September 2005.

Follow-up Workshop in AFROSAI-E

In 2003, IDI conducted a Course Design and Development Workshop (CDDW) for 23 participants from AFROSAI-E (English-speaking African SAIs) who had previously attended a regional Instructional Techniques Workshop. In July 2005, IDI organized a 1-week follow-up workshop in Nairobi, Kenya. This workshop provided feedback on the 2-day courses designed by the participants and evaluated their instructional skills so that those who met all the requirements would graduate as training specialists.

Contacting IDI

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