Tillkännagivande av vinnaren av The Prize 2019
It is my honour to announce the winner of the Prize for the best performance audit report in the AFROSAI-E region 2019. I am particularly pleased to be able to convey a positive message in these challenging times, with the spread of COVID-19 affecting us all – societies, families, and individuals but also economies, public sectors, and us as audit institutions.
Let me start by thanking the colleagues from Ethiopia, Ghana, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, and Tanzania for having nominated reports to the Prize for the best performance audit report in 2019. It is encouraging to see the spread of topics and geographic coverage in the nominated reports, as it demonstrates that qualified performance audit work is conducted throughout the AFROSAI-E region.
I am very pleased, that once again we have a new contestant nominating a report this year, namely the Office of the Auditor General Seychelles, and I hope that SAIs that have not yet participated in the competition will follow their example.
The aim of the Prize is to benchmark good practices in performance audit and to highlight efforts made by performance auditors around the region. By providing parliaments with high quality performance audit reports, we as SAIs demonstrate our value and benefit to the citizens, and support accountability and better use of public resources. This year’s topics are highly material and relevant both for parliaments and for citizens, affecting the economy and the welfare of the population.
The independent international Prize Review Team, consisting of auditors from the SAIs of the Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom, and Sweden, analyses the reports in relation to quality criteria based on international audit standards. I know that the Review Team have worked hard this year to nominate the winner and to give useful and substantial feedback to all the contestants. Although the assessment was challenging as always, the winner was unanimously appointed. According to the Review Team;
- The report is well-motivated and of good quality. The problem description is convincing, referring to national and international benchmarks, and supported by data, demonstrating that this is a very important topic.
- The audit is well designed. It covers the whole chain of responsibility, from the ministry to the local level of administration. The report presents conclusions and recommendations that are clearly analytical, add value and are based on an overarching integration of the findings.
- Improvements in effectiveness of this programme will have significant benefits for public health.
I am pleased to announce that this year’s Prize for the best performance audit report in the AFROSAI-E region 2019 goes to the National Audit Office of Tanzania, for their report “Management of Water Projects in Rural Areas”, carried out by: Mr. Victor Mapigano, Mr. Andalason Hamba and Ms. Esnath Henry Nicodem.
Congratulations to NAO Tanzania and thank you for your support to performance audit. I hope that you are encouraged by this award and take well-deserved pride in it. I also hope that you will continue to develop and support colleagues throughout the region, by active participation in regional knowledge-sharing.
Once again, congratulations to NAO Tanzania, and my warmest regards to all colleagues in the AFROSAI-E region.
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