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News | CREFIAF Communication Focal Points Workshop in Dakar

Oct, 19
CREFIAF Supreme Audit Institutions

CREFIAF Communication Focal Points Workshop in Dakar

By Julia Bastian.

There’re people who are unaware and understand the role of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in promoting good governance. People ask what are Supreme Audit Institutions? How are they combatting corruption? What do Auditors actually do? These are some of the questions asked to the representatives of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), one of the key institutions to hold government accountable. Their mandate and roles are often not known to the wider public, therefore, the results are not visible enough to inform public debate.

The CREFIAF technical working group met to discuss the implementation of the CREFIAF communication strategy at country level.

In order to discuss these issues, the technical working group on capacity building, gender and development of the francophone linguistic subgroup of SAIs CREFIAF (Conseil Régional de Formation des Institutions Supérieures de contrôle des Finances publiques de L’afrique Francophone Sub-Saharienne) organised a workshop that brought together the communication focal points of 15 countries (Djibouti, Burundi, Chad, Niger, RCA, Togo, Madagascar, Cape Verde, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Senegal, Cote D’ivoire, Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo) to exchange and discuss about the implementation of the CREFIAF communication strategy at country level.

The initiative to discuss was sparked by an input from their anglophone peers, AFROSAI-E, that had developed an SAI-external communication toolkit to support auditor generals in their external communication with stakeholders through traditional and new media. CREFIAF’s technical working group took up the toolkit from AFROSAI-E and reviewed it to see how it fits SAIs belonging to the court model. The workshop that took place in Dakar, Senegal, from 1 to 4 October 2018 also discussed how to give more visibility to SAIs results and role in holding the government to account and contribute to efficient and effective service delivery to citizens. Moreover, the status quo on where SAIs currently are with their communication strategies was discussed. Finally, the workshop served as media training testing different communication situations.

Results and resolutions include:

  • Create a network of CREFIAF communication focal points to foster exchange among them, with the potential to link them up with their AFROSAI-E peers,
  • Link member SAIs’ communication activities to the CREFIAF website,
  • Support SAI-pmf evaluations in the region, as communication and external stakeholder management is one of the issues evaluated,
  • Support the development of internal procedures of court model SAIs, including for communication and crisis management, and
  • Recommend media training to head of SAIs or spokespersons dealing with external communication,
  • Recommend CREFIAF SAIs to further develop and implement their communication strategies and create dedicated units within the SAIs during the upcoming CREFIAF general assembly to take place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in December 2018.

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