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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IFAC ISSUES CALL FOR PAO CAPACITY-BUILDING PARTNERS
Potential Partners for PAO Capacity Building Initiatives Sought

(New York, October 13, 2016)

In the ongoing effort to decrease the gap between the global need for accountancy talent and available, high-quality professional accountants, the International Federation of Accountants® (IFAC®) today issued its annual Call for Expressions of Interest for organizations wishing to partner in professional accountancy organization (PAO) capacity-building efforts. This Call for Expressions builds on IFAC’s commitment to strengthen the accountancy profession and PAOs.

IFAC invites organizations to indicate their interest in providing PAO capacity-building services under a UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded program. In 2014, IFAC and DFID, which leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, entered into an agreement to strengthen PAOs in emerging economies. Under the agreement, DFID is providing £4.935 million over seven years to strengthen PAOs in at least 10 DFID focal countries to play a greater role in furthering economic development. Projects are currently underway in Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. IFAC facilitates, coordinates, and supervises these projects to strengthen developing PAOs.

Interested organizations need to demonstrate that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to execute projects and perform the needed services. Based on information in the Expressions of Interest, the PAO Capacity Building Program’s Independent Selection Panel will evaluate interested organizations and select eligible organizations for the database. In the future, eligible organizations may be invited to bid on specific projects.

All types of organizations are welcome to express interest, but please note that the majority of projects under the PAO Capacity Building Program require establishing ongoing peer-to-peer partnerships between the delivery partner and the beneficiary organization. Individual consultants may also express interest, but will not be included in the database of potential partner organizations and will only receive information relating to smaller, specific projects fitting with their particular expertise.

To submit an Expression of Interest, please click on one of the following links.

For additional information, please see the online questions & answers or email DanaJensen@ifac.org.

The Expressions of Interest submission deadline is November 21, 2016.

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. IFAC 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.


About DFID
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. We're 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 www.gov.uk/dfid.


Contact:
Jennifer DiClerico
Head of Communications
+1-212-286-9344
jenniferdiclerico@ifac.org

 
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