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The International Federation of Accountants® (IFAC®) today (9 May) announced the selection of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) to partner with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (ICAZ) and the Public Accountants and Auditors Board, Zimbabwe (PAAB), to strengthen the capacity of public sector accountancy.
“This partnership will enhance the ability of Zimbabwe’s accountancy profession to fully support the needs of the country’s public sector,” said Alta Prinsloo, IFAC Executive Director, Strategy, and Chief Operating Officer. “Stronger accountancy capacity in the public sector will contribute to transparency and accountability, which are crucial for all nations.”
The partnership will have two main components: establishing a project stakeholder advisory group and developing a comprehensive roadmap to strengthen accountancy capacity in the public sector.
“We are looking forward to working with our colleagues in Zimbabwe to help improve public services for the people who need them,” said Gillian Fawcett, Head of CIPFA’s Governments Faculty. “As the world’s only professional accountancy body dedicated to public finance, we can offer insight into best practice from around the globe. Our work, such as conducting public financial management readiness assessments for the World Bank, including in Zimbabwe in 2011, means we are geared up for this challenge. Working with our partners, ICAZ and PAAB, we have a real opportunity to strengthen public financial management in Zimbabwe.”
In 2014, IFAC received almost £5 million from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to fund professional accountancy organization (PAO) capacity building in ten emerging countries over a period of seven years. The selection of CIPFA was made following a global Call for Expressions of Interest and an extensive proposal and review process involving multiple global organizations and the IFAC PAO Capacity Building Program Oversight Committee and Independent Selection Panel. This new partnership will continue to build on the funding agreement and Zimbabwe will join Ghana, Rwanda, and Uganda, where projects making use of the funding are underway.
IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession, dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. It is comprised of more than 175 members and associates in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions, representing almost 3 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce. ‘International Federation of Accountants’ and ‘IFAC’ are registered trademarks of IFAC in the US and other countries.
CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed. As the world's only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, we champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance. We work with donors, partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services