International Journal of Government Auditing – Summer 2015

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IDI Board meeting

The IDI Board met in Oslo March 12-13, 2015. The IDI Performance and Accountability Report 2014, Financial Statement 2014 and the IDI Board's Annual Report 2014 were approved. The results-based performance and accountability report has been prepared as per IDI's operations according to the IDI Operational Plan 2014-2015 and the IDI Strategic Plan 2014-2018. These documents are available at Other strategic issues discussed included IDI Governance Review, IDI Bilateral Support, certification of public auditors within the INTOSAI framework, and the INTOSAI strategic plan.

New Member of the IDI Board

We welcome Ms. Margareta Aberg, Auditor General, Sweden, as a new member of the IDI Board. She takes over from her outgoing predecessor Mr. Jan Landahl. We thank Mr. Landahl for his support.

DFATD, Canada comes on board as a donor to the IDI

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Government of Canada, has signed an agreement with the IDI to provide substantial financial support of CAD 8,000,000 over a five-year period, beginning 2015. This funding will be utilized for IDI programs such as fighting corruption, SAI stakeholder relations and the implementation of ISSAIs.

ISSAI Implementation Initiative (3i Program)
3i OLACEFS Workshops on facilitating ISSAI Implementation conducted

The workshop was held in two rounds from March 16-20, 2015, and March 23-27, 2015, in Mexico City. Sixty participants from 18 SAIs were involved. The participants were trained to play three key roles as ISSAI facilitators: advocate, project manager and learning facilitator. Participants also developed draft individual action plans for specific initiatives they will take up for supporting ISSAI implementation in their SAIs. The participants will be certified as IDI-PSC ISSAI Facilitators after receiving the approved action plans from their SAIs.

Participants at the 3i OLACEFS Workshop, held in two rounds from March 16-20 and March 23-27, 2015 in Mexico City.

3i Compliance Audit Product Maintenance meeting held in Oslo

The meeting was held April 6-10, 2015. A team of compliance audit ISSAI experts, mentors and facilitators of the 3i Programme met for one week in Oslo, Norway to update the compliance audit iCAT Guidance document based on the revised compliance audit iCAT, which was updated earlier with the new Level 3 ISSAIs.

Delegates at the IDI Board Meeting, held March 12-13, 2015, in Oslo.

3i ARABOSAI Product Adaptation Meetings conducted

A product adaptation meeting was planned to be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE March 4-20, 2015, to adapt the 3i products and three ISSAI certification programs for delivery in ARABOSAI. Due to logistical constraints, participating expert and mentor teams were not fully present. As such, while the Performance Audit products could be finalized, the financial audit products were finalized at a separate meeting in Morocco held April 7-18, 2015, and the compliance audit team met for a week in Tunis to finalize the product adaptation for compliance audit.

eLearning Handbook developed

Fourteen resource persons from nine SAIs and two regional secretariats met for a Product Development Meeting for the eLearning Handbook April 13-24 in New Delhi, India. IDI's learning management system was used in the meeting. The eLearning Handbook provides guidance to both SAIs and regions on setting up eLearning in the organization. The handbook also provides detailed guidance for the design, development, deployment, monitoring and evaluation of e-courses as a part of blended solutions.

Resource persons at the eLearning Handbook Product Development Meeting April 13-24, 2015, in New Delhi, India.

Stakeholder communication through IDI's participation in meetings

IDI worked towards strengthening the INTOSAI regions by participating and contributing to the discussions in their Governing Board and other meetings. From February 7-13, 2015, IDI participated in several meetings with stakeholders as part of the ASOSAI Governing Board meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Other meetings included the ASOSAI Assembly; ASEANSAI assembly; ASOSAI Training Committee meeting; a tripartite meeting between IDI, ASOSAI General Secretariat and ASOSAI Training Administrator; and the ASOSAI symposium on "Leveraging Technology to Enhance Audit Quality and Effectiveness." February 17-18, 2015, IDI was represented at the PASAI Governing Board in Auckland, New Zealand by the PASAI Capacity Building Advisor, whose position was supported by the IDI. The PASAI monitoring, evaluation and reporting framework and cooperative audits in PASAI were discussed. At the AFROSAI-E Governing Board and tenth anniversary celebrations May 4-8, 2015, IDI's association with AFROSAI-E members over the last ten years was revisited.

On March 10, 2015, the EUROSAI Governing Board was held in Helsinki, Finland. IDI's cooperation with EUROSAI in strengthening the capacities of member SAIs was discussed.

IDI also participated in the meeting of the Goal Team 1 of EUROSAI in Budapest, Hungary February 19-20, 2015. Presentations were made regarding the results from the 2014 IDI Global Survey, IDI Programs and the Enhancing eLearning Program.

As part of its strong commitment to the development of the INTOSAI community, IDI participated in the meeting of the INTOSAI Task Force on Strategic Planning held in Vienna, Austria March 5, 2015. Inputs were provided for developing the next INTOSAI Strategic Plan. IDI also participated in the UN-INTOSAI Symposium in Vienna March 2-6, 2015. A presentation was made on "Challenges and Opportunities for SAIs in Capacity Building."

A presentation on the IDI's activities was also made to the International Fellows at the U.S. GAO's International Auditor Fellowship Program on April 10, 2015.

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