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31 July 2015

Certified Risk Based Auditor training held at IITA

LEORON - Certified Risk Based Auditor training held at IITAThe Certified Risk Based Auditor (CRBA) training for internal auditors took place at IITA Headquarters on 13-17 July with participants from IITA, AfricaRice, and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Lilian Mendoza, HR Head, IITA, in her opening remarks, commented on the new initiatives of making audit participatory and ensuring that all stakeholders are carried along. She encouraged participants to take the opportunity to leverage knowledge and add value to their work. The training was facilitated by Jason Mefford, Head of Practice - Governance and Audit with Leoron Professional Development Institute, USA. The training was aimed at helping auditors use a risk-based audit approach and risk management principles and learn how to select areas to audit to help the organization meet its objectives. It was also aimed at helping internal auditors prioritize the audit of projects, focusing on the ones with the highest risks to the organization, and providing assurance to Management and the Board. There were some group activities during the training and an exam was administered at the end of the training. Participants’ comments on the training include: “It was good” - Eric Ihongu (ICRAF), “Very interesting, though some language barrier was encountered” - Armelle Assogba (AfricaRice), “Very interesting, very good except for a little language problem” - Cosme Idohou (AfricaRice). “It was educative” - Aminat Oladunjoye (IITA). At the end of the training, Tariro Mutamuko, Head, IITA Internal Audit, implored all the participants to put the knowledge acquired to use in advancing IITA’s goals of reducing poverty in Africa through R4D.