25 Auditors and professional staff of the Office of the Inspector General of the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Afghanistan have graduated from a one-year programme on internal auditing at the American University of Afghanistan.
The training aimed to improve the capacity and capability of internal audit staff of the Ministry of Interior, to raise their procedures to international audit standards and to eliminate possibilities for corruption and fraud.
The programme is part of UNDP’s Transitional Support to MOIA (TSM) project and the Ministry of Interior Affairs, which was designed and derived from the Internationally accredited Certification Internal Audit (CIA), and was implemented by the American University of Afghanistan. The programme included courses on Principles of Internal Auditing, Ethics and Organizational Governance, Business Communication, Risk Management, Fraud and Forensics and Procurement Auditing, among other subjects.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan’s Minister of Interior, Mohammad Masoud Andarabi expressed his gratitude to UNDP for its support to such a vital programme, and reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to fighting corruption and mismanagement of public funds.
“This has been a very useful programme for our internal audit staff and has enhanced their capacity and knowledge,” said Minister Andarabi. “Fighting corruption is our highest priority, and this programme will help our auditors to fight it.”
The auditors and ministry staff who graduated from the programme also expressed their satisfaction with the programme and voiced their commitment to fighting corruption in line with the international standards. “Before this programme we only knew about the basics of auditing, but now we can carry out audit functions to international standards” said Shah Wali Shuja, who works as an auditor at the Office of the Inspector General. “This programme has strengthened our capacity and will improve accountability within the Ministry of Interior”.
UNDP has been supporting the Ministry of Interior Affairs since 2002 to build and maintain a professional police force that upholds the rule of law and protects citizens. In addition to supporting the police payroll management, UNDP has supported the Ministry to build its institutions and enhance the capacity of police and its civilian apparatus by providing on-the-job training and long-term professional training programmes.