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Good Public Financial Management Will Transform Lives – SIDA

The African Professionalisation Initiative (API) and the Swedish International Cooperation and Development Agency (SIDA) met on 9 February 2024 to evaluate performance against targets for the year 2023 and consider actions for future periods. As a key financier of the API, SIDA maintains a keen interest in supporting initiatives that support good finance governance with the aim to combat corruption, prevent illicit financial flows, and poverty reduction – in line with SDG 1 – through public sector capacity building. The meeting served as a platform for both organisations to assess their collaborative efforts and shape a credible strategic direction in pursuit of their shared goal of fostering competent, ethical, and influential professionals within the African public sector.

SIDA and Sustainable Development

SIDA, API and AFROSAI-E Colleagues

SIDA is Sweden’s government agency for development cooperation that strives to reduce poverty and oppression around the world. In cooperation with organisations, government agencies and the private sector SIDA invests in sustainable development for all people.

One of the primary areas of focus during the meeting was the review of API’s progress in achieving its targets, particularly in the context of SIDA’s support. The discussion centered on the mutual commitment to enhancing greater accountability and transparency in the use of public resources to increase the value and benefits citizens gain from public sector spending. Increasing the number of public sector accountancy professionals will also help to address corruption and illicit financial flows. The element on combating corruption and enhancing financial governance aligns with SIDA’s overarching mission to foster sustainable development and equitable access to opportunities for all.

Gender Equity

The engagement also addressed the imperative of gender equality within API’s Professionalisation initiatives. The need to ensure that girls and women have equitable access to professional development opportunities at the API was underscored, reflecting a commitment to promoting inclusivity and diversity within the program. By addressing gender disparities and fostering equal access to Professionalisation opportunities, API and SIDA aim to contribute to a more equitable and empowered workforce, thereby enhancing the overall impact of their initiatives.

API Objectives

The discussions also highlighted API’s areas of results focus, which encompassed the development of high-quality public sector Professionalisation resources, in-country implementation across Africa, awareness raising about the API brand and services, and measures to achieve financial sustainability for the organization. These strategic areas of focus underscored API’s commitment to creating tangible, sustainable impact within the public sector across the continent.

Partnering to Deliver Shared Value

SIDA support to API is a perfect example for delivery of shared value for stakeholders who will benefits from the API Professionalisation and other learning programmes. The foregoing aims to realise a public sector in Africa that is equipped with competent, ethical, and influential professionals who champion accountability, transparency, and good financial governance for the benefit of citizens. By strategically aligning their efforts, API and SIDA aim to foster sustainable development, combat corruption, and promote poverty reduction through targeted capacity building initiatives.

About The API – Our Purpose (Objective)

The API is an independent non-profit organisation whose primary objective is to strengthen the capacity and knowledge base of accounting and auditing professionals in the African public sector to enhance accounting and auditing service delivery to the citizens of Africa.

The API Vision and Mission

Our Vision: An African public sector capacitated with competent, ethical and influential professionals who support accountability, transparency and good financial governance. Our Mission: To grow the capacity of accountancy professionals in the African public sector for enhanced service delivery.

The API Houses / Learning Programmes

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Please choose below the house that works for you and drop us a mail –

Houses (Learning Programmes)

Careers / Jobs for API Graduates

House 1 – Incumbents (Experienced un-professionalised accountants and auditors)-Implemented ✔ Government Accountant
✔ Budget Analyst
✔ Financial controller
✔ Auditor
✔ Tax examiner
✔ Public Financial Management Consultant
✔ Non-profit Accountant
✔ Financial Analyst
✔ Grants and Contracts Manager
✔ Compliance Officer
✔ Public Sector Financial Reporting Specialist
House 2 – Specialisation – Ready for occupation from 2024
House 3 – Students – Ready for occupation in 2025
House 4 – Micro credentials – Unique Areas of need by governments : E.g. The 1 month Ethics and Accountability Certification that is available for all government officers etc.
House 5 – Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – Book an event here

The API Partner Organisations

The API Learning Programmes aim to achieve the above institutional goal as a partnership between the accountancy profession (represented by the Pan African Federation of Accountants (“PAFA”)), accountants general or their equivalent (African Association of Accountants General – “AAAG”)), and supreme audit institutions or courts of auditors (represented by the English (“AFROSAI-E”) and French (“CREFIAF”) language sub-groups of the African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (“AFROSAI”)).

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