Prize for best performance audit report awarded to the supreme audit institution of Ghana
The supreme audit institution of Ghana, Ghana Audit Service, had been awarded the prize for the best performance audit report in the AFROSAI-E region, the African Organisation of English-speaking Supreme Audit Institutions.
The aim of the prize, which was launched by AFROSAI-E in 2008 with support from the Swedish National Audit Office, is to encourage the development of performance audit in English-speaking Africa and highlight efforts made by individual performance auditors. As Chair of the Prize’s international jury, the Swedish National Audit Office leads the process of selecting the winner.
Reports from Eritrea, The Gambia, Ghana, Mauritius, Tanzania, and Sudan had been nominated for this year’s competition. All contributions were very strong and mark a quality increase in performance audit reports in the region.
– More and more countries with high-quality audit reports are participating in the competition, which is of course very positive. The performance audit at the supreme audit institutions ensures transparency and effective and appropriate use of public resources, says Auditor General Helena Lindberg.
The independent international review team unanimously declared Ghana Audit Service the winning audit report. The winning report is entitled “Provision of flood control drains” and sheds light on flooding in Ghana. In Ghana, as in many other countries, this form of natural disaster is increasingly common as a result of climate change.
– The winning report has looked into the whole process of planning, implementing and maintenance of flood control drains in Ghana. The audit demonstrates ambitious and creative fieldwork, and identifies shortfall in delivery of planned work. The identification of bottlenecks could contribute to improvements in the provision of flood control drains, says Jesper Antelius, Chair of the international review team.
The prize was presented by Auditor General Helena Lindberg at the AFROSAI-E annual strategic review meeting for supreme audit institutions in the region. The audit team behind the winning audit report is invited for a study visit to the Swedish National Audit Office with the aim of exchanging knowledge and experience with Swedish colleagues.
The Swedish National Audit Office has a long-term collaboration with AFROSAI-E, which gathers national audit institutions in 26 countries in English-speaking Africa. The aim of the cooperation is to strengthen public audits in the region and thereby contribute to efficient and effective use of resources and a functioning system for ensuring accountability in the countries. AFROSAI-E is a subgroup of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), an umbrella organisation for Supreme Audit Institutions of which the Swedish National Audit Office is a member.
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