||Supporting SAIs with guidance on disaster preparedness
Pocket Guide for SAIs on Considerations for Responses to Disasters
In cooperation with the GIZ Good Financial Governance Programme, we issued a Pocket Guide for SAIs on Considerations for Responses to Disasters
in November. In her foreword, the Auditor General of Sierra Leone, Ms Lara Taylor Pearce, dedicates this Pocket Guide to the late Mr Kimi Makwetu, for his notable efforts in leading his SAI to perform COVID-19 related audits.
The Pocket Guide gives strategic level guidance to SAIs on considerations to be taken, when preparing and responding to disasters throughout the three phases of a disaster cycle. It also conveys some fundamental audit practices such as remote auditing and real-time audits. Through this Pocket Guide, our aim is to empower SAIs in the INTOSAI community with yet another tool and opportunity to remain relevant and be of value and benefit to their citizens during disasters situations.
Paper on Crisis, Emergency & Risk Communication
A key aspect that was highlighted during research we conducted on the resilience of SAIs during disaster periods, is the challenge to meet stakeholder expectations. In response, we developed a Paper on Crisis, Emergency and Risk Communication.
This paper includes key considerations for SAI’s to improve their preparedness to communicate effectively with stakeholders during disaster, crises and emergency situations. It will specifically benefit leadership and management teams as well as the dedicated communication department or resources to develop, or address gaps in their crisis communication response plans.
Disasters such as the Covid-19 pandemic are difficult, if not impossible to predict in terms of their severity and impact on society. But there are many communications tasks that SAIs can undertake prior to a disaster to improve preparedness. Investing time and manpower now, while the learnings from the current Covid-19 situation are still pertinent, is critical to improve a SAIs’ communication capacity. This will enable SAIs to save time in disseminating key messages, to minimize chaos and manage stakeholder expectations once disaster strikes in future.
On 3 December, we held a well-attended Webinar to present this paper and engage with SAIs on their activities and challenges related to meeting stakeholder expectations during disaster situations. We also had the opportunity to share the paper with participants of the East and Southern African Association of Accountants-General (ESAAG) at their Organisational Resilience Online Webinar.