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​The State of the Internal Audit Profession in Africa

In 2015, The IIA launched an African Development Plan with the goal of elevating the capacity of the internal audit profession across the continent of Africa to meet or exceed the expectations of the profession’s key stakeholders. As part of this initiative, a research on the state of the internal audit profession in the African continent was initiated between The IIA and the World Bank Group’s internal audit department. This initiative is intended to identify specific challenges and opportunities to provide The IIA with the insight into the strategies needed to elevate the capacity of the internal audit profession across the continent to meet or exceed the expectations of the profession’s key stakeholders.

To date, there have been two phases of research completed. The second phase of the research was released by The IIA on 1 April 2019.

The State of the Internal Audit Profession in Africa (Phase II)NEW! The State of the Internal Audit Profession in Africa (Phase II)

Author: Rigobert Pinga Pinga, CIA, CPA, CFE, CGMA

The State of the Internal Audit Profession in Africa (Phase II) report takes a comprehensive review of each of the following nine countries to identify key strengths and areas for improvement for each: Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Togo, and Tunisia.

The assessment of the countries above was completed using an internal audit national maturity model, which focuses on elements that have most relevance to internal audit maturity, grouped together under four indicators: National Context, Governance, Quality, and Resources. While the strengths and needs may vary by country, the research indicated that across the board there is a need to partner with key internal stakeholders, increase the number of members and number of professionals who hold an IIA certification, and more.

Download the full The State of the Internal Audit Profession in Africa (Phase II) report.

The State of the Internal Audit Profession in AfricaThe State of the Internal Audit Profession in Africa (Phase I)

Author: Jane M, Mwebi, CIA, CA, CFE, CISA

The State of the Internal Audit Profession in Africa (Phase I) takes a comprehensive review of each of the following 11 countries to identify key strengths and areas for improvement for each: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The assessment of the countries above was completed using an internal audit national maturity model, which focuses on elements that have most relevance to internal audit maturity, grouped together under four indicators: National Context, Governance, Quality, and Resources. Despite some needs varying by country, the research indicated there is an immediate need to raise the level of awareness and understanding of internal audit, build capacity among IIA Affiliates, and more.

Download the full The State of the Internal Audit Profession in Africa (Phase I) report.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about The IIA’s commitment to elevating the internal audit profession in Africa, please contact us at IIA-Global.Headquarters@theiia.org.