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February 2012 The ASOSAI Secretariat. ASOSAI’s Endeavour: Capacity Building for All. Outline. Overview Capacity Building Programs Challenges/Recommendations. ASOSAI . Established in : 1979 with 11 members No. of Member SAIs : 45 SAIs (as of February 2012) Objectives :

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february 2012 the asosai secretariat

The ASOSAI Secretariat

ASOSAI’s Endeavour:

Capacity Building for All

  • Overview
  • Capacity Building Programs
  • Challenges/Recommendations
  • Established in : 1979 with 11 members
  • No. of Member SAIs : 45 SAIs (as of February 2012)
  • Objectives :
    • To promote understanding and cooperation through exchange of ideas and experiences;
    • To provide facilities for training and continuing education for government auditors; and
    • To serve as a regional link with other relevant organizations in the field of public audit, etc.
profiles of the member sais
Profiles of the Member SAIs
  • Diverse background in terms of:

- Language, culture, the levels of national per capita,

development, and transparency inthe public sector.

∴ Members’ audit capacity differ widely from one to another.

  • OECD ODA recipients:

- More than a half of the member SAIs are ODA recipients of

the OECD. (28 member SAIs listed in the DAC list as of 2012)

☞ Least developed and low income: 9 SAIs

Lower-middle income: 9 SAIs

Upper-middle income: 10 SAIs


institutional set up for capacity building activities
Institutional Set-up for Capacity Building Activities
  • Article I, the Charter of ASOSAI:

- “To provide facilities for training and continuing education for

government auditors with a view to improving the quality of their


  • The ASOSAI Strategic Plan for 2011-2015:

- Goal 1: “Institutional Capacity Building”

- Goal 2: “Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Services”

  • The ASOSAI Budget:

More than 95% of the budget has been used for ASOSAI-sponsored

capacity building activities since 1992 when ASOSAI launched capacity

building programs for its member SAIs with its own funds.


how asosai operates capacity building activities

How ASOSAI operates Capacity Building Activities

  • SAI of Japan since 2000
  • Administers training programsunder the direction of the Governing Board and in cooperation with the Secretary General
  • Standing Committee of the Governing Board since its inception in 1995
  • Monitor/evaluate ASOSAI-sponsored programs
  • Study/formulate proposals for future programs
  • Report past year activities to the Governing Board
  • SAI of Korea since 2009
  • approves training programs suggested by the TC and annual/triennial budget
  • Renders a report of its activities to the Assembly

ASOSAI Training Activities

Seminar for Knowledge Sharing

IDI-ASOSAI Cooperation Program

Target: Member SAIs that are

eligible for IDI assistance and have

not participated in IDI program of

other Regional Working Groups


to strengthen organizational

capacity of member SAIs

Frequency: depending on program

Fund: IDI

ASOSAI-sponsored workshop

Target: Junior/middle auditors of all member SAIs


To provide basic audit knowledge

and method

Frequency: every year


ASOSAI Seminar

Target: Middle/senior audit

Managers of all member SAIs

Purpose: To share knowledge and


Frequency: every alternate year


JICA-sponsored ASOSAI Seminar

Target: Middle/senior audit

Managers of SAIs eligible for JICA


Purpose:To share knowledge and


Frequency: every year

Fund: JICA


how asosai manages its training programs
How ASOSAI manages its training programs


- Conducts surveys regularly to study the members’ training needs

- Formulates a multi-year training plan based on the survey results

- Diversify the contents of programs to respond to challenging

environment (i.e. incorporating ISSAIs & other global guidelines)


- The Training Administrator implements the plan under the direction of

the Governing Board and in cooperation with the Secretary General

- Programs are customized based on:

(a) participants’ level of experiences

(b) areas of the participants’ interests


- The Training Administrator: Course Evaluation for workshops/seminars

- Participants: Report


for the better

For the Better

1. Provides various training programs on a regular basis:

- Annual workshop and biennial seminar

- A plan to increase the number of training programs is being developed by the Secretariat and the Training Administrator.

2. Covers a broad range of topics based the results of training needs

survey and on global guidelines, such as the ISSAIs, the GOVs.

3. Disseminates course materials through the ASOSAI website.

4. IDI-certified ASOSAI training specialists are employed.


external donor sponsored programs
External Donor-sponsored Programs

<IDI-ASOSAI Cooperation>

E-enabled Blended Training Program for Trainers (2007-2009)

- 32 training specialist from 15 SAIs --- to enhance staff capacity

Program on Quality Assurance Financial Audit/

Quality Assurance Performance Audit (2010-2011)

- ASOSAI co-finances the translation and publication of the QAPA

handbooks with the IDI --- Partnership

Program on Development and Implementation of Strategic Plan(2011-)

- Launched with an aim of enhancing the target SAIs’ capacity for strategic planning of target SAIs.

IDI E-learning Program (2012- )

- Will participate in the program on Risk-based Approach for Financial Auditing.



External Donor-sponsored Programs

<ADB-ASOSAI Cooperation>

ASOSAI Long-Term Regional Training Program

- Conducted to establish training infrastructure of ASOSAI/ individual member SAIs by generating training specialists from target SAIs

- Results : 27 training specialists (1997-2000)

32 training specialists (2002-2004)

JICA-sponsored ASOSAI Seminar (ongoing)

- Offered to develop institutional capacities of 14 target SAIs through knowledge-sharing seminars (2006-)



ASOSAI’s strategies for

capacity building programs

Goal 1 Institutional Capacity Building (ASOSAI SP 2011-2015)



Global Call for Proposal

  • ASOSAI’s regional-level drive: “The Regional Initiative of ASOSAI on
  • Promoting the Value and Benefits of Adopting the ISSAIs”
  • Objectives: To disseminate and implement the ISSAIs into the
  • actual auditing practices in the ASOSAI region
  • Target: 28 member SAIs (OECD DAC lists)
  • Partner: IDI
  • - The IDI will launch a trans-regional program on nurturing ISSAI
  • facilitators. ASOSAI will participate in this program. Afterwards,
  • the IDI-certified ISSAI facilitators will disseminate their
  • knowledge and experiences to the ASOSAI member SAIs through
  • this ASOSAI’s regional-level program.


goal 2 knowledge sharing and knowledge services asosai sp 2011 2015

ASOSAI’s strategies for

  • knowledge-sharing programs

Goal 2 Knowledge sharing and knowledge services

(ASOSAI SP 2011-2015)

According to its Strategic Plan for 2011-2015, ASOSAI plans to establish more and diverse capacity development programs in order to meet the diverse needs of its member SAIs.



Challenges ahead

  • Lack of understanding about of the ISSAIs due to the absence of translated versions of the ISSAIs, among others: many member SAIs would struggle with adopting and implementing the ISSAIs.
  • It is still needed to nurture capable trainers to fully meet the training demands of the member SAIs: From time to time, ASOSAI faces difficulties with recruiting trainers, instructors, etc.
  • Selecting different venues every year burdens host SAIs and the TA with complicated administrative procedure.
  • A one-time event rather than essential part of day-to-day capacity building activities may affect trainees’ attitude towards ASOSAI training in a negative way.




  • It is needed for ASOSAI to:

- seek more active cooperation with external donors at bi- and multi-lateral level to further help the member SAIs in developing countries enhance their audit capacity (partnership);

- promote peer-to-peer and South-South cooperation, so as to bring more effective results to capacity-building programs of ASOSAI; and

- establish online training programs.