The Good Financial Governance in Africa programme promotes transparency and accountability in public financial management and is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union (EU). Its objective is to foster Good Financial Governance in Africa, more specifically to equip decision-makers in African public finance to use region-specific services, products and further education to improve financial governance.
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The African Organisation of English-speaking Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI-E) hosted its vibrant fourteenth Technical Update in Cape Town from 28-31 of October 2019. The AFROSAI-E Technical Update was attended by Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) representatives and Auditors General from over thirty countries. This included over twenty African member SAIs, as well as experts, donors and auditors from Brazil, Fiji, Germany Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Sweden with the support from the GIZ-Good Financial Governance in Africa programme. Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau also attended the annual event for the first time.
This Technical Update provided insight on the future of Auditing through technology and innovation, promotion good financial governance and further professionalisation of auditors in Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs).
Among the tools presented at the conference there were two AFROSAI-E innovations which were developed with the support by the Good Financial Governance in Africa programme. The Public Financial Management reporting framework and the mobile application CITIZENSEYE. Representatives from Rwanda, Zambia and Portugal shared their experience with using the Public Financial Management reporting framework. According to the participants, one of the key benefits of the reporting framework is that it highlights key risk areas in the PFM systems.
The Auditor-General of Ghana, Daniel Domelevo, emphasised how the mobile application, CITIZENSEYE launched by Ghana Audit Service, had assisted in the fight against corruption following information from citizens. Besides corruption, Ghana Audit Service noted that the most reported issue by citizens was infrastructure faults and problems. Ghana Audit Service has created a complaints unit to quickly follow up on the preoccupations of citizens.
The Technical Update ended with an award ceremony, recognising SAIs for their excellence in implementing and promoting good governance AFROSAI-E Technical Update Awards. SAI Somalia received an award for publishing its first-ever audit report using the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs) and laying out the groundwork to advance good governance in Somalia. SAI Ghana was awarded the prize for the best HR Strategy, whereas SAI Sierra Leone was distinguished for ‘Excellence in Communication and Stakeholder Management’. Parallel to the Technical Update, the Good Financial Governance Programme hosted a follow-up workshop on the use of the Public Finance Management reporting framework in Lusophone African countries. The event was attended by the SAIs of Angola, Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau and was facilitated by two experts from SAI Portugal.