YES Conference Friday 22 November


1. Innovative reporting in audits
A session on the use of visuals like graphics and images in publications of SAIs and what is needed to create them.
The leading subjects of this session are:

. Why do SAIs use visuals in publications? What types?
. How can we find the perfect mix in words/numbers and visuals to make reports more effective?
. Where to begin when you start TODAY? About the first and next steps.

Session leader: the Netherlands

2. Go green: environmental auditing
Environmental issues are global by definition, since all the world’s ecosystems are interconnected. Environmental auditing issues therefore serve as a good basis for cooperation across SAIs. However, the cooperation does not only contribute to the exchange of information about the environment, but also helps auditors to develop their methodology. In this session, we will address selected issues on methodology development and the dispersion of audit results from the Working Group on Environmental Auditing (WGEA) community. We also hope to get ideas for future audit topics in this field from the participants attending the session.

Session leader: EUROSAI-WGEA

3. Combating fraud through (IT) audit
Each year, millions and millions of containers pass through the port of Rotterdam, with worldwide destinations and origins. Combating fraud in this enormous and continuous stream of products requires brains, strategy and IT. What does it take for Customs to filter out the most suspicious containers? Step aboard this session and learn about their daily challenges and how they work.

Session leader: Dutch Customs


4. Follow the money!
Wouldn’t it be nice if citizens and auditors were able to follow public money from central government to local government? Imagine which opportunities this creates for auditors and the society as a whole! In this session, you will learn what open spending is about and we will discuss the various opportunities it brings.

Session leader: the Netherlands

5. How to pick your colleagues’ brains
Have you ever gone to audit a client - and discovered that your colleagues from the payroll audit division were there the day before (without you knowing about it)?
Did you try completing a performance audit on development aid to the health sector - only to discover that the Norwegian SAI just published an audit report on their government’s aid (which you didn’t know existed)? If you would like to avoid the above and similar situations and instead be better at profiting from your colleagues’ knowledge and previous work, come join our session.
Starting from our experience with the lack of knowledge sharing in the Danish SAI, its consequences, and of course what we have done to overcome the problem, we will work together in the session to come up with concrete ideas to break down barriers in and between SAIs – ready to take home, be shared and put into practice.

Session leader: Denmark

6. EU financial and economic governance
The central theme of this session is how the European Court of Auditors embarked upon the audit of EU economic and financial governance. The main questions we will answer during this session are:
A. How is the audit capacity being built?
B. How have the audit topics been identified?
C. What are the specifics of designing audit plans in the area?

We will walk with you through the key preparatory steps of one of the on-going audits:
> Risk analysis for macro-financial assistance to EU member states
> Audit questions
> Audit methodology

Session leader: European Court of Auditors

7. Real time audit
Real time audit is an innovative approach to start performing an audit at an early stage of large-scale projects, such as infrastructure and procurement projects. This approach allows auditors to detect and correct faulty decisions at an early stage of ongoing projects in order to improve these ongoing projects. In this sessions two case studies on real time audit in the area of infrastructure and military procurement are presented by the German SAI.

Session leader: Germany



1. Building successful partnerships
An audit’s impact can be increased by forging successful partnerships internally within your SAI as well as externally with other (semi-)public organisations. It contributes to knowledge-sharing and broad support for the audit results. What do you need to build and maintain successful relationships? That’s what this session focuses on. We will share best practices among the participants and identify possible obstacles that you can encounter along the way.

Session leader: the Netherlands

2. Impact: audit with a twist
All SAIs have years of experience with auditing and reporting, but are we always aware about our impact and effectiveness? Maybe it’s time to add a little twist to our work and make sure we can make a difference. Do you have good practices you would like to share with us, or do you just want to learn how to twist… join this session!

Session leaders: the Netherlands and Azerbaijan (to be confirmed)

3. Geospatial auditing
In this session we will explore the possibilities of a smartphone and tablet as an audit tool. We will show you how to gather audit observations of a specific location with a smartphone or tablet, and how to visualise and analyse these observations in a Geographical Information System (GIS). Mind you: this is a WORKshop, so bring your own device (if possible) and join us on a geospatial auditing mission!

Session leader: the Netherlands

4. No small beer: local auditing
In a ‘world café’ setting, this session will inform you all about local audit courts in the Netherlands and their relationship(s) with the supreme audit court. Local audits are carried out at ground level and offer insights in how policy can directly affect citizens. We will also explore the topic of more organized cooperation between local and national audit institutions.

Session leaders: Audit office Rotterdam, NVRR and Audit Office Tirol (Austria)

5. Open data
An essential requirement for a modern and democratic society are institutions that act transparently and can be held accountable by the public. Governments all over the world have therefore started to open up their data in recent years. This session focuses on current open data policies and projects in Europe, but it also brings up the question: what does this mean for auditors?

Session leader: European Commission

6. Education innovated: e-learning
IDI, the INTOSAI Development Initiative, has been involved in e-learning for quite some years and has learned from failures and successes. In this session, you will learn what is e-learning, discuss the challenges and most important of all, how to explore the further possibilities. Could it be an amazing new way of sharing knowledge and experiences between SAIs? Is e-learning a major opportunity for professional audit education at a minimal charge in these austere times? Or is it only effective when combined with face to face contact? Join the discussion and explore today’s opportunities for tomorrow’s education!

Session leader: INTOSAI Development Initiative


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