The Swedish National Audit Office (Swedish NAO) has a well-established development cooperation with AFROSAI-E, a sub-regional organization of INTOSAI, whose members are 24 English-speaking and two Portuguese-speaking supreme audit institutions (SAIs) in Africa. The Swedish NAO has cooperated with AFROSAI-E since its establishment in 2005, but even AFROSAI-E's forerunner received Swedish development support from 1989.
The present cooperation agreement runs from the beginning of 2015 until the end of 2017 and it is based on the AFROSAI-E Corporate Plan 2015-2019. It is the Swedish NAO's expectation, through the support to AFROSAI-E, to be able to contribute to developing audit capacity of the supreme audit institutions of these 26 member states. Our main purpose continues to be supporting the AFROSAI-E's Secretariat with one Swedish NAO long-term staff member and two staff members recruited in the region, to manage the implementation of the organisation's Corporate Plan. In addition to that, a large number of Swedish staff is engaged through short-term assignments in the development activities organised by the secretariat.
One of the main focus areas for the Swedish support continues to be the development of methods and skills in performance audit, but we are also mainly involved in the development of methods in financial audit and quality control, combating corruption, HR and communication.
A new focus area is leadership development where we together have implemented a leadership and mentoring program targeting top executive teams providing an opportunity to develop strategic and interpersonal leadership skills in the SAIs. This leadership program has run with good results during 2015-2016. New initiatives in this field for directors and senior managers will be organised during 2017.
The Swedish NAO, The OAG Norway (OAGN), The Netherlands Court of Audits (NCA) and the Canadian Comprehensive Audit Foundation (CCAF) are AFROSAI-E institutional partners. The IDI (INTOSAI Development Initiative) and the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) are also important partners. Moreover, the organization receives financial support from the Swedish and Norwegian Governments.
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