EUROSAI. Magazine N26 - 2021

Magazine No. 26 - 2021 115 Studies and other articles survey, “SAI’s Response to COVID-19” was added to the original theme of SDGs, and the Seminar on two themes was held for two days each. Over 60 participants were able to share their experiences and insights online. Furthermore, CDA invited participants from other regional organizations such as EUROSAI to share experiences among the regional organizations. While conducting online activities in various challenges, ASOSAI will continue its efforts in response to the changing situation to deliver values to its members. Providing grants to members affected severely by the pandemic The ASOSAI Governing Board noticed that some SAIs were facing challenges including a lack of necessary information technology, hardware or personal protection equipment. In view of member SAIs’ urgent needs in this difficult time, the Secretariat had the idea to use the funds to support members SAIs affected by COVID-19. The ASOSAI Governing Board adopted the proposal and decided to allocate up to 200,000 U.S. dollars from the ASOSAI fund as the “ASOSAI Grant to Member SAIs Affected by COVID-19” (hereinafter referred to as the “ASOSAI Grant”) to support member SAIs in getting through the hardship brought by the pandemic. A Grant Committee has been established in the Governing Board to ensure fairness, transparency and accountability of the ASOSAI Grant. Since the total requested fund of the approved applications exceeded the budget of 200,000 U.S. dollars, the Grant Committee decided to divide the 200,000 U.S. dollars among the 14 approved applicants on weighted average in accordance with their applied amounts. Each of the 14 SAIs received a grant of about 14 thousand U.S. dollars. Hopefully, the Grant could be of some help for ASOSAI member SAIs in getting through the hardship brought by the pandemic. Establishing a working group on crisis management audit The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has made the ASOSAI member SAIs realize the importance of crisis management and pursue strategic roles in supporting their governments to establish an effective crisis prevention and response system, not only for infectious diseases, but also for various types of crises. In light of this, the ASOSAI Governing Board approved the establishment of the ASOSAI Working Group on Crisis Management Audit (WGCMA). It aims to identify and enhance the role of SAIs to assist their governments in improving their accountability when responding to crises. To this end, it will share best audit practices, establish a database of audit data on various types of crises that are common threats to the ASOSAI region, and gather insights on how to implement international initiatives related to crisis management. The ASOSAI Governing Board approved the establishment of the ASOSAI Working Group on Crisis Management Audit (WGCMA) The WGCMA, in line with the Strategic Goals of the next ASOSAI Strategic Plan, will endeavor to achieve the following goals: Goal 1) Supporting ASOSAI members to gain a better understanding of issues pertaining to crisis management audit; Goal 2) Establishing a database to support member SAIs to obtain information related to crisis management audit, including experiences of members and recommendations of international communities; and Goal 3) Assisting ASOSAI members to better implement the recommendations of international communities, including the Sendai Framework, the GUID 5330, and the ISSAI 12, as well as consolidating cooperation with international organizations related to crisis management. As the WGCMA plans to conduct various activities to realize the abovementioned goals, it will contribute to minimizing the risks of future crises and enhance the crisis management capacities of the ASOSAI member SAIs.