Important Partnership Announced for Uganda’s Accountancy Profession and Qualification

IFAC Selects ICAS and CIPFA to Develop Uganda’s Accountancy Profession in DFID-Funded Program

Oct 19, 2015 | New York, New York | English

The International Federation of Accountants® (IFAC®), the global organization for the accountancy profession, today announced a major milestone for the accountancy profession in Uganda. A joint venture between global accountancy body ICAS and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has been selected to partner with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) to strengthen accountancy education, qualification, and examinations; quality assurance; continuing professional development; and public sector financial management in Uganda.

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. Today’s announcement continues to build on the promise of the 2014 funding agreement.

“By working together, ICAS and CIPFA will combine world-class expertise in PAO capacity building and public sector financial management, both of which are areas of development opportunity  in Uganda,” according to IFAC Executive Director, Strategy, and COO Alta Prinsloo. “This joint venture will draw from ICAS’ 20+ years of development experience and CIPFA’s specialization in the public sector—a marriage that will produce strong, sustainable results for the accountancy profession in Uganda and, ultimately, contribute to the economy in Uganda.”

“ICAS and CIPFA together are extremely well placed to deliver a partnership and program with ICPAU,” said ICAS CEO Anton Colella. “ICAS has a long-standing relationship with ICPAU and Uganda, which we will be drawing from and building on—and which we believe will lead to a profession and PAO in Uganda that is robust, sustainable, prepared for the future, and ready to grow with the nation.”

“CIPFA champions improved performance of public services across the world by driving effective and efficient use of public money,” CIPFA CEO Rob Whiteman said. “Helping ICPAU work with the Ugandan central and local governments to improve public financial management and training to all levels of the government will lead to accountants working in the public sector to ensure transparency and accountability.”

The selection of ICAS and 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 partnership is the second in a series of projects around the world making use of the funding IFAC received from DFID.

About IFAC
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 130 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.8 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.

About ICAS
ICAS is a professional body for more than 20,000 world class business men and women who work in the UK and in more than 100 countries around the world. Members have all achieved the internationally recognised and respected CA qualification (Chartered Accountant). ICAS is an educator, examiner, regulator and thought leader. Almost two thirds of ICAS’ working membership are in business; many leading some of the UK's and the world's great companies. The others work in accountancy practices ranging from the Big Four in The City to the small practitioner in rural areas.

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

About DFID
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. They are ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit. For more information, visit


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