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The National Audit Office of The Gambia receives prize for best performance audit report

The National Audit Office of The Gambia has been awarded the prize for the best performance audit report in the AFROSAI-E region, the African Organization of English-speaking Supreme Audit Institutions.

The aim of the prize, that was initiated by AFROSAI-E with support by the Swedish National Audit Office, is to benchmark good practices in performance audit and to highlight efforts made by performance auditors around the region. As Chair of the Prize’s international review team, the Swedish National Audit Office leads the process to select the winner.

The independent international review team unanimously declared the winning audit among many qualified contributions. The winning report is entitled ”Emergency Obstetric care in Public Health Facilities“. It deals with access to acute obstetric care in public health facilities in The Gambia. Maternal deaths are a major challenge in The Gambia. The purpose of the review is to assess the effectiveness of the efforts taken to ensure quality in maternity care. The report is based on, among other things, the UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 3, which deals with women's health and ways to reduce maternal deaths.

Newborn baby and midwife.

PHOTO: JEAN-MICHEL CLAJOT / TT

– It is an impressive review with a clear citizen’s perspective that highlights serious problems in emergency obstetric care. The review analyses the causes of the identified problems in a clear and consistent manner. It provides the government with assistance with measures aimed at reducing childbirth complications, maternal mortality and, in the long term, medical costs, says Dag Levin Sparr, international advisor at the Swedish National Audit Office and Chairman of the international review team.

For this year’s competition, reports had been nominated, from Botswana, Mauritius, Rwanda, Tanzania, The Gambia and Zambia.

The Prize was presented by Auditor General Helena Lindberg during AFROSAI-E’s annual strategic review meeting for national audits in the region.

– It is wonderful to see so many strong contributions in this year’s competition. It shows that Supreme Audit Institutions around the world continue to fulfill their role of safeguarding the efficient and effective use of funds – despite the current difficult conditions posed by the Pandemic, says Auditor General Helena Lindberg.

The review team of the winning report is invited to the Swedish National Audit Office for a study visit aimed at exchanging knowledge and experiences with Swedish colleagues. Due to the pandemic, the Swedish National Audit Office plans to invite the winners next year.

Helena Lindberg announcing the winning report

Background

The Swedish National Audit Office has a long-term collaboration with AFROSAI-E, with the aim of strengthening public audits in the region and thereby contributing to, among other things, efficient and effective use of resources and a functioning system for ensuring transparency and accountability.

AFROSAI-E (African Organization of English-speaking Supreme Audit Institutions) is a sub-regional organization under INTOSAI (International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions). INTOSAI is a global umbrella organization for national audit authorities, including the Swedish National Audit Office. AFROSAI-E comprises national audit authorities in 26 countries in English-speaking Africa.

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The winning report “Emergency Obstetric care in Public Health Facilities” Pdf, 3 MB.

AFROSAI-E website

The international operations of the Swedish NAO

The international operations of the Swedish NAO are multifaceted. We represent Sweden internationally and have been assigned by Parliament to support the development of supreme audit institutions as part of the Swedish international development cooperation. Currently, the Swedish NAO has a bilateral cooperation with audit institutions in Africa (Kenya, Liberia, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe), South-East Europe (Kosovo and Moldova) and in Asia (Afghanistan, Cambodia and Palestine). In addition, we support three regional efforts targeting 37 audit institutions in Western Balkans, Africa and South-East Asia.

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Updated: 17 May 2021

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