Regional: Implementing the Pacific Regional Audit Initiative

Sovereign Project | 41190-012 Status: Closed

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Project Name Implementing the Pacific Regional Audit Initiative
Project Number 41190-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7794-REG: Implementing the Pacific Regional Audit Initiative in Pacific Island Countries
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.30 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Public administration - Public expenditure and fiscal management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome ADB's Independent Evaluation Department has been working with AusAID and the New Zealand Aid Program to undertake an independent review of PASAI and the PRAI. The final report confirms that the PRAI was highly relevant, effective (on major outputs), and efficient, and is likely to be sustainable.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Output 1: Regional cooperation and coordination of audit activities between SAIs is strengthened

Under this output: (i) four manuals covering human resource management, quality assurance guidelines, reporting guidelines, and performance audit have been produced and are being used by audit institutions in the region; (ii) three regional cooperative performance audits, covering solid waste, access to safe drinking water, and management of sustainable fisheries, have been completed; and (iii) annual PASAI Congresses have been held to support regional coordination on audit issues.

Output 2: SAIs organizational capacity is enhanced

Training workshops on auditing fundamentals; intermediate auditing; supervisory auditing; and audit management; have been developed, piloted, and then conducted with a total of 101 staff trained from 17 audit institutions in the Pacific. A total of 15 coordinators from within the region have been involved.

Output 3: SAIs technical ability to undertake financial and performance audits is strengthened

Under this output the SAS program has been completed. The SAS program is using an innovative model to deal with public auditing challenges in small island states by the pooling of resources on a subregional basis. The program is working to raise the quality of public auditing in Kiribati, Nauru, and Tuvalu, through the establishment of a team of secondees from each of the participating countries, supported by specialist audit expertise.

Output 4: SAIs collectively advocate transparency and accountability

A second report on the state of accountability and transparency in the Pacific was published by PASAI in July 2012. The report is being used as a basis for communication with governments and regional organizations; and broader advocacy about the role of SAIs and associated governance mechanisms in achieving the accountable and transparent use of public resources.

Geographical Location adb

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design ADB has been working with AusAID and the INTOSAI Development Initiative in supporting the design and implementation of the PRAI.
During Project Implementation As above.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The TA will require international consultants (estimated 31 person-months of inputs) with skills and expertise in public auditing, performance auditing, and undertaking peer reviews. All consultants will be engaged as individuals. The consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Disbursements under the TA will be made in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Hayden Everett
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines

Timetable

Concept Clearance 13 Aug 2010
Fact Finding 08 Nov 2009 to 12 Nov 2009
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 24 Sep 2013

TA 7794-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Mar 2011 - 29 Mar 2011 31 Aug 2013 31 Dec 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,300,000.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 29 Mar 2011 1,107,209.63
Title Document Type Document Date
Implementing the Pacific Regional Audit Initiative TA Completion Reports Jun 2014
Implementing the Pacific Regional Audit Initiative Technical Assistance Reports Mar 2011

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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