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2008-2009 Class of CCAF Fellows Graduates
Friday, 18 September 2009 14:47

sfraserThe seven members of the 2008-2009 class of CCAF Fellows celebrated the successful conclusion of their program in Canada at a ceremony in Ottawa on June 3, 2009.

Five of the Fellows did audit team placements at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada in Ottawa:

  • Lenus Deterville - Office of the Director of Audit of Saint Lucia
  • Jacob S. Essilfie - Ghana Audit Service
  • Kittima (Jane) Hanthaipholdee - Office of the Auditor General of Thailand
  • Lucy Kabura Machungo - Kenya National Audit Office
  • Chandrawattie (Chandra) Samaroo - Audit Office of Guyana.

In 2008-2009, the Office of the Auditor General of Alberta hosted Fellows for the first time. Two Fellows from Vietnam did their audit team placements at the Office of the Auditor General of Alberta in Edmonton:

  • Duong Tan Cao - State Audit Office of Vietnam
  • Phuong Anh Nguyen - State Audit Office of Vietnam

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A Clelebration of Partnership
Among the dignitaries at the graduation ceremony were diplomatic representatives of each of the Fellows' countries, officials from the Offices of the Auditor General of Canada and Alberta, and officials from the Canadian International Development Agency, which funds CCAF's International Program. CCAF Governors Roxanne Anderson and Charles-Antoine St-Jean were in attendance, as were CCAF International Committee Chair Nick Hare and member Marc Meloche.

CCAF's partners in the International Legislative Audit Assistance Program include the Offices of the Auditors General of Canada, Québec, Alberta and British Columbia. Legislative audit offices in Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia also provide advice and support to counterparts in participating countries.

Since 1980, CCAF and its partners have collaborated to strengthen audit institutions in developing countries. They do this by providing training in Canada for CCAF Fellows from a small number of countries, reinforced after graduation with training sessions delivered abroad and ongoing access for Fellows to CCAF's research, networks and expertise.

Since the program began in 1980, 198 Fellows from 53 countries have graduated.

Strategy Papers Address Critical Issues

Each of the Fellows wrote a strategy paper on a topic approved in advance by their home office. Upon their return home, the Fellows are expected to implement the strategy set out in their paper.strategypapers

  • The paper written by Duong Tan Cao (Vietnam) provides a framework for the Office of State Audit of Vietnam to implement an audit of government monitoring of industrial waste management.
  • Lenus Deterville (Saint Lucia) prepared an action plan to develop, implement, evaluate and report on a strategic planning process for the Office of the Director of Audit of Saint Lucia.
  • Jacob Essilfie (Ghana) wrote a five-phase plan to implement two key elements of a quality management framework at the Ghana Audit Service: people management and audit management. The plan was modeled on the quality management framework used in the Office of the Auditor General of Canada and other major audit offices.
  • Jane Hanthaipholdee (Thailand) proposed a knowledge management model for the Office of the Auditor General of Thailand. The aim is to enable the office's auditors to share their knowledge and expertise and thereby improve the office's performance audit practice.
  • Lucy Machungo (Kenya) developed a plan to introduce an integrated risk-based approach to performance auditing in the Kenya National Audit Office. The approach should allow the office to focus on significant issues that are critical to the achievement of its mandate for performance audit.
  • Phuong Anh Nguyen (Vietnam) prepared a draft audit plan for a pilot performance audit by the State Audit Office of Vietnam in the area of medical waste management. He plans to execute the audit in Vietnam and do a post-action review in 2010-2011.
  • The Audit Office of Guyana established a Forensic Audit Unit in 2008. Chandra Samaroo (Guyana) used her strategy paper to set out six elements needed to establish a solid foundation for the new unit: a clear mandate, staffing, training, methodology, outreach, and a quality management system.

The variety of strategy papers developed by the Fellows during their legislative audit office placements highlights the diverse expertise available to them through the CCAF International Program.


2009 Friend of the Fellows award presented to Alain Lalonde

alalondeEvery year at the Fellows’ annual graduation ceremony, CCAF bestows the "Friend of the Fellows" Award on a deserving Canadian who plays a role in the International Legislative Audit Assistance Program.  This year's recipient was Alain Lalonde, Auditor General for the City of Ottawa.

Mr. Lalonde has been involved with the Fellows for the past five years.  This year, he provided a two-week program for Fellows studying at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada.  The Fellows visited such locations as water and waste treatment plants, paramedic facilities, and police and fire departments.

This well-designed program provided the Fellows with an overview of audit issues at the municipal level in Canada.  This is important because national audit offices in most developing countries are responsible for auditing all levels of government.

CCAF Chair Ronald C. Thompson and Fellow Chandra Samaroo made the presentation to Mr. Lalonde at the graduation ceremony on June 3, 2009.

“The Award is presented each year to an individual who has demonstrated a strong bond with and an unwavering support for the Fellowship Program and its participants,” Mr. Thompson said.  “The deserving person demonstrates professional and personal generosity, hospitality and genuine interest in the Fellows over a period of years.”

Ms. Samaroo provided a Fellow’s perspective on the contribution made by Mr. Lalonde.  “We got to know his mandate and product lines and how he operates, which is similar to our countries,” she said.  “We also had the chance to witness how the city auditor general tables his reports to council and his encounters with the media.  He also exposed us to his operation of a hotline for waste and fraud in the city.

“On behalf of the Fellows, thank you so much,” she said.