International Journal of Government Auditing – October 2010
IDI and AFROSAI-E have agreed to cooperate in conducting a Management Development Program (MDP) for all AFROSAI-E SAIs in 2009–2011. The program, which encompasses all of AFROSAI-E’s past and present capacity-building initiatives, is designed to enable SAI heads, directors, and managers at various levels to make full use of the tools and services AFROSAI-E provides to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their institutions.
As part of the program, two 5-day management workshops for senior managers took place August 16–27, 2010, in Durban, South Africa. Workshop topics ranged from the AFROSAI–E capacity-building framework to key management skills required by senior SAI managers and the role of senior managers in planning and other core SAI functions, including ensuring quality.
Twenty of the 23 member SAIs in the region were represented over these 2 weeks. Of the 58 senior managers from audit and corporate sectors who attended the workshops, one third were female senior managers. The participants were introduced to the MDP strategy and capacity-building framework for the region and the elements required to reach the desired level in the framework. Participants were exposed to key management skills, attitudes, and knowledge; expectations from other levels of management; and their roles and responsibilities in fulfilling these expectations. Sessions were also held on the role of senior managers in ensuring the quality of audit reports, following up on audit recommendations, and ensuring effective internal and external communication. The workshops provided a useful platform to strengthen the participants’ peer group network. An online discussion forum has been launched to facilitate the continuous exchange of ideas on management-related issues in SAIs.
At the end of the workshop, delegates designed personal action plans to improve management processes in their respective SAIs and committed to submitting a report on implementation and progress by November 30, 2010.
A 2008–2009 IDI-ASOSAI program on quality assurance in financial auditing and IDI’s 2009 needs assessment survey of target SAIs in ASOSAI revealed a high-priority need for developmental intervention in the area of quality assurance systems in performance auditing.
Based on these considerations, a new IDI/ASOSAI capacity-building program in this area is being developed for 11 SAIs from the following countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam.As part of the program, IDI conducted a strategic planning meeting for quality assurance in performance auditing in Vietnam in August 2010. The meeting objective was to sign cooperation agreements with each target SAI to agree on the program design, outcomes, outputs, roles and responsibilities, team composition, and risks to program success. As with similar high-level meetings for other programs, the goal was to build local ownership and commitment in the target SAIs.
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.
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