Two peer support workshops for selected auditors from the Office of the Auditor General of Somalia took place between August and September this year, to enable the auditors to achieve a timely, relevant, and high-quality audit reports in line with international standards.
From 1st to 5th August 2022, seven auditors from the Office of the Auditor General of Somalia were trained in forensic audit by experienced resource persons from OAG Uganda in Entebbe, Uganda. The workshop aimed to enable the OAGS staff to understand the basic concepts of evidence in forensic audit and the principles of forensic audit report writing. This workshop also produced the OAGS Forensic Audit Manual v1 (developed using the AFROSAI-E manual). The OAGS staff will thus be able to conduct and report a pilot forensic audit, considering all elements of the forensic audit manual and evidence collection.
The following month, beeen 19 – 29 September 2022, saw nine OAG Somalia staff participate in a two-week workshop on Information System audit in Ankara, Turkiye, aimed at assisting the OAGS auditors to understand essential concepts of IS audit and to enable them to conduct a pilot IS audit. The information system audit is supported by experienced resource persons from the Turkish Court of Account. The OAGS staff has started to conduct risk assessment to select the information system area to be audited following the workshop.
In general, the participant found these workshops very beneficial. The majority of participants viewed that all the learning objectives were met. Most of the participants also agreed that the workshop met their expectations, was very useful for their work, and increased their knowledge.
The two workshops are part of the OAGS, IDI and AFROSAI-E Cooperation agreement 2021 and 2022 to support Office of the Auditor General Somalia to implement its strategic plan, funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy. OAG Uganda and Turkish Court of Account are part of the peer support project team.