OLACEFS CTIC LAUNCHES ONLINE SURVEY PLATFORM
The Communication and Information Technologies Commission (CTIC), spearhead by Dr. Francisco J. Fernández, National Auditor of the Republic of Argentina and CTIC Chairman, implemented an online survey platform to strengthen Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) capabilities in data collection and inquiry processes.
CTIC analyzed several alternatives and selected LimeSurvey, a no-cost, web-based platform to develop and publish on-line surveys, collect responses, create statistics and export resulting data to other applications. The software is also compatible with the technological infrastructure utilized by the Organization of Latin American and Caribbean Supreme Audit Institutions (OLACEFS) secretariat.
During the XXVI OLACEFS General Assembly held in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, in September 2016, an electronic preliminary survey was disseminated using this new platform to acquaint participants with the software and gauge participant awareness of CTIC activities.
The Commission is currently developing the necessary protocol and survey site (http://encuestas.olacefs.com) documentation to provide a reference framework for processing requests, including admissions, withdrawals, modifications and reports.
Mr. Fernández emphasized, “The Commission seeks to make this platform a service that will enable, through the use of technology, a much more agile and efficient survey system.”
NEW PUBLICATION ON IMPROVING PUBLIC SPENDING
The President of the Salvadorian Supreme Audit Institution (SAI), Mr. Rodrigo Antonio Barahona Escalante, alongside the Auditor General of the Argentinean SAI and Chairman of the Organization of Latin American and Caribbean Supreme Audit Institutions (OLACEFS) Committee on Good Governance, Mr. Jesus Rodriquez, introduced a new book at a launch party in San Salvador, El Salvador, in late March 2017.
The book, “Auditing and Quality of Public Expenditure in Latin America and the Caribbean—The Role of Parliament and Supreme Audit Institutions,” aims to improve the quality of public expenditures in Latin America and the Caribbean. The publication is based on research in the area of good financial governance and was developed through a regional comparative study of 7 countries—Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic—that investigates Parliamentary and Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) roles in budget cycles, as well as participation in public expenditure quality improvements.
The text is organized into 3 parts:
- Part 1 presents the conceptual foundation for the quality of public expenditure and the possibility of Parliament and SAIs contributing to it;
- Part 2 deals with identified case studies and good practices; and
- Part 3 presents conclusions and recommendations.
Researchers: Dafina Dimitrova, Nelson Shack Yalta, and Salvador Delgado-Garza.
Editors: Reinhard Engl, Peter Dineiger and Mauricio García Moreno.
Publication research efforts were carried out within the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) project “Supporting Fiscal Policy in El Salvador.” The study’s conceptual and methodological design included members of the Ecorys research team (who fully conducted field research), as well as GIZ employees.