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Senior Auditors from Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania Undertake Canadian Long Distance Education
Tuesday, 20 April 2010 01:00

New CCAF initiatives involving two Ottawa educational institutions are increasing professional development opportunities for auditors from audit offices participating in CCAF’s International Legislative Audit Assistance Program.

Fourteen auditors, from the Kenya National Audit Office, the Ghana Audit Service and the Tanzania National Audit Office, are studying via long distance education for certificates in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigations at Algonquin College in Ottawa.

The partnership with Algonquin was set up in late 2009 in support of CCAF’s efforts to strengthen the legislative audit function in participating national audit offices.

Within the capacity building component of its International Program, CCAF is supporting ten of the students with their enrolment and course materials. The Tanzanian office has enrolled four additional auditors in the program.

To participate, the students must be recommended by their Auditor General and meet Algonquin’s eligibility requirements.

Algonquin course earns an “A”

Tanzania Participants
Five of the eight Tanzanian students:
Bernard B. Chezue, Neema Mkonyi, Ludovick S.L. Utouh (Controller and Auditor General),
Edwin M. Rweyemamu and Baker Mageuza

The Algonquin certificate program consists of 12 online courses of 14 weeks each. Students have six years to complete the program to qualify for a certificate.

Three Kenyan auditors (pictured above) took the first course, Introduction to Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigations, in the Fall of 2009. They are currently enrolled in the second course, Legal Components in a Forensic Investigation.

Eight Tanzanian audit office staff (five pictured at right as well as Benjamin M. Magai, Michael D. Mjata and Melkior F. Ndemera) and three from Ghana (Emmanuel Ofori-Mensah, Rhoda Quaye and Walter Sah) are now taking the introductory course. Leading by example, the Controller and Auditor General of Tanzania, Ludovick Utouh, is himself one of the students.

The Kenyan students noted the difficulties of taking a long-distance course, such as time zone differences. Nevertheless, according to Cecilia Ngalyuka, “The course is for sure relevant to my work and each new item learned will assist me with my work-related assignments.” Cecilia earned an A for the introductory course.

Another Kenyan student, Catherine Mwasho, told CCAF the course outline was well structured and easy to follow. “The program allows me to work, study and still have quality time with my family,” she said. She noted, however, that working fulltime and studying is a challenge that requires “a lot of discipline.”

Fellows to participate at Carleton’s African Studies institute

Kenya Participants
Kenyan students Cecilia Ngalyuka, Daniel Kibirii and Catherine Mwasho

In a separate initiative, Carleton University’s new Institute of African Studies and CCAF have partnered to arrange some mutually beneficial activities.

The Institute began offering a Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor in African Studies in September 2009. Students learn about different aspects of Africa, guided by professors from multiple disciplines.

When Auditors General from Africa visit CCAF, they will be invited to participate in Institute courses as guest lecturers, providing valuable knowledge and insights in an African context on the role of auditing in good governance.

In return, the Institute is providing CCAF Fellows from Africa with access to the Institute’s list-serve (containing information about Carleton’s Africa-related activities), and is welcoming CCAF Fellows in Ottawa to sit in on any Institute courses.

The Algonquin and Carleton initiatives continue CCAF’s practice of building links between the International Program and Canadian educational institutions.