Germany, through its Development Bank, KfW, is supporting the Ghana Audit Service (GAS) through a comprehensive training programme of its staff in the area of Financial Audits. This comes as an accompanying measure to Germany?s support to the Multi Donor Budget Support (MDBS) programme.
The goal of the programme is to strengthen the capacity of the Ghana Audit Service to be able to perform its constitutional mandate of ensuring accountability.
The programme will be implemented by the consulting company, Cowater International, which has been selected by international tender to conduct the training sessions.
It commences today with a kick-off event at the GAS Headquarters involving all participating parties. The programme is divided into three phases. In the first phase, the consultants will be developing and reviewing the respective course materials and then continue with the training of 30 trainers in application of the developed manuals. These trainers will subsequently roll-out to train GAS staff in Accra as part of the second phase.
In the third phase, trainers will be sent to the existing regional offices of GAS to improve its capacity in the districts, which has been a major constraint to the organisation. In total, the programme will arrange for the training of 1,000 staff-members and will be ongoing for 6 months until November 2013.
With this programme, KfW Development Bank underlines their continuing ambition to support Ghana?s national development. Additional funds by the German Government have been allocated to support GAS and other relevant agencies to further improve their services and capacities in the future. In addition to KfW, GIZ will support several capacity development activities for GAS and the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.
KfW Development Bank is Germany?s leading development bank and an integral part of the KfW Banking Group. It carries out Germany?s financial cooperation with developing countries on behalf of the Federal Government. The 600 personnel at headquarters and about 200 specialists in its 66 local offices cooperate with partners all over the world.
In Ghana, special attention is being given to strengthening the country?s public financial management system — in particular domestic accountability and transparency of budget income and expenditure. Here, the Ghana Audit Service as the Supreme Audit Institution of Ghana plays a crucial role in monitoring the state and its public funds.