The Office of the Auditor General of Kenya (OAG) was today awarded the prize for the best performance audit report in the AFROSAI-E region. The award, sponsored by the Swedish National Audit Office, consists of a study visit to Sweden for the team leader and the team members to exchange views and knowledge with the colleagues.
The winner was announced by Magnus Lindell, Deputy Auditor General, International Affairs at the 15th meeting of the AFROSAI-E Governing Board taking place 7–9 May 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.
– This year’s winner of the prize is an excellent example of an audit dealing with a highly relevant topic, in the interest of the citizens. By providing our parliaments with high quality performance audit reports, we support accountability and better use of public resources, says Magnus Lindell.
The winner report deals with the “The provision of mental healthcare services in Kenya”, which is an area of societal importance for ensuring the well-being of the population in Kenya. According to the Jury, the case for the audit is well made, the report is well written and easy to understand. The recommendations are strong and relevant, requesting and the report is obviously of clear importance for Parliament.
The audit report was carried out by the audit team David Nyakiana, Joseph Gor and Vivienne Khatundi.
Ten reports from the SAIs of Mauritius, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, were formally approved to participate according to the award´s stipulated requirements. The Jury was unanimous on this year´s winner.
It is a very solid audit and well executed in a systematic way. The case for the audit is well made, the audit area is of clear societal importance. The report is well written and easy to understand. The design is straightforward – a combination of using statistics and documents and also collecting original information through inspections and interviews, plus analyzing all the data. The audit objective is clearly stated and the method is sensibly designed. There is a good use of external guidelines to provide credible good practice against which the conditions in Kenya can be compared. There is also a good use of quantified data, focusing on easily-understood metrics that illustrate the scale of the problem. The audit objectives are extensively answered with a good level of quantification. There is congruence between scope, findings and conclusions, and recommendations are also well connected. The recommendations are strong and relevant, requesting full implementation of the legislation decided quite long ago by Parliament, but also proposing improvement to the mental health care system. The report is obviously of clear value for Parliament.
AFROSAI-E initiated the prize award in 2008 with sponsoring from the Swedish National Audit Office. The purpose of the prize is to promote the development of performance audit among AFROSAI-E member SAIs as well as to highlight the efforts of the individual performance auditors. The prize has during the years contributed to the sharing of knowledge and experience as well as benchmarking of best practice in performance audit within the region.
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