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Program News

September 20, 2018
Launching Our New International Program

We are excited to be continuing our work in Vietnam, re-establishing our partnership with Guyana, and working for the first time with Burkina Faso and Rwanda.

Our new program, called the International Governance, Accountability and Performance program, is designed to help build the capacity of the supreme audit institutions (SAIs) and parliamentary oversight committees of these four countries. The seven-year program (2018-2025) will be undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.

This program builds on our long history of international capacity building, which dates to 1980. Activities will include the long-running Fellowships, in which performance auditors come to Canada for nine months of training and on-the-job learning with a legislative audit office; Leaderships, in which participants complete short study missions to Canada and develop projects addressing strategic needs of their SAI or oversight committee; and delivery of our world-class courses and workshops for auditors and for members of oversight committees and parliamentary staff. We will also continue to develop new courses and resources to meet the SAIs’ and oversight committees’ needs, focusing especially on auditing gender equality, environmental sustainability, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Our Canadian partners will once again be integral to our international program, as they have been since 1980. Our many partners include the Offices of the Auditors General of Canada and of several provinces, municipal audit offices, and other organizations and individuals. They will share their expertise and experience with the participants by hosting Fellowships, working with participants in Canada, delivering training abroad, and participating in the development of our course materials and methodology. Special thanks to the Auditors General of Canada, Alberta, British Columbia, and Quebec and to their staff for their early support in our assessment missions and hosting the 2018-19 Fellowships. We look forward to working with these offices and many others throughout the course of the program.

Assessment Missions

The program began this summer with assessment missions with each of the four countries. With Canadian partners, we met with the leaders of the SAIs, representatives of oversight committees, the Canadian High Commissions or Embassies, some of the SAIs’ key stakeholders in government and civil society, and other development partners to learn about the current practices and the capacity building needs of the SAIs and oversight committees. With this understanding of their starting points and objectives, we have begun working with the SAIs and oversight committees to develop long-term strategies for improvement and to plan our program’s support.

Burkina Faso: Jean-Emile Somda, First President, and Moumounou Dao, President, from the Burkina Faso Court of Accounts, came to Canada in August to launch our new partnership and meet with several of our partners.

Burkina Faso

The Burkina Faso delegation meeting with the Auditor General of Canada, Michael Ferguson, with our CEO, John Reed, our Vice-President for International Programs, Terry Hunt, and our Associate Jean Cinq-Mars.

Burkina Faso

The delegation at the Office of the Auditor General of Quebec with Auditor General Guylaine Leclerc and Assistant Auditor General Serge Giguère, with Terry Hunt, Jean Cinq-Mars, and our Vice-President for Products and Services, Yves Genest.

Guyana: We are pleased to begin working with Guyana again. Guyana participated in our programs between 1998 and 2009 and the Auditor General, Deodat Sharma, is a 1999-2000 graduate Fellow.


Auditor General Sharma and members of the staff at the Audit Office of Guyana, meeting with Sheila Dodds, Assistant Auditor General, Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia, Terry Hunt, and Associate Neil Maxwell, during our August assessment mission.


Our delegation meeting with Canadian High Commissioner Lilian Chatterjee and other representatives of the High Commission.

Rwanda: We launched our new partnership in Rwanda in May and returned in August to conduct the assessment mission.


Our CEO, John Reed; the Auditor General of Rwanda, Obadiah Biraro; and Julie Crowley, Head of Office for the Canadian High Commission in Rwanda, in May.


Auditor General Biraro and senior staff at the SAI, meeting with Michelle Salvail, Principal, Office of the Auditor General of Canada, Terry Hunt, and Caroline Jorgensen, our Director of International Programs, in August.

Vietnam: We are glad to continue our partnership with Vietnam, where we have been working with the SAI since 2008 and supported the creation of its performance audit unit in 2014.


Deputy Auditor General Doan Xuan Tien and staff at the State Audit Office of Vietnam meeting with Sergei Pekh, Audit Principal, Office of the Auditor General of Alberta, Kate Reekie of the Canadian Embassy, and Caroline Jorgensen in June.


Kate Reekie and Sergei Pekh during the meetings at the State Audit Office.

The program’s capacity building activities are now beginning, with the first class of Fellows arriving in Canada in September and our first training abroad scheduled for this fall.

As we launch this program, the Foundation is delighted to be building new partnerships in these four countries and to be collaborating with the many Canadians who enrich the training, mentoring and resources we provide. “This program is an expression of several essential Canadian values, including the importance we place on governance and accountability, on gender equality and human rights, and on helping others around the world,” said the Foundation’s President and CEO, John Reed. “Thank you to Global Affairs Canada and all our partners for your support of this program and our mission to advance performance audit and oversight in the four participating countries. We look forward to achieving this goal together!”


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Program undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.