Discussions including USAID set the path forward for further work
Last Friday marked the official start of significant accountancy capacity building programs in Ghana and Burkina Faso led by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The programs will develop the capacity of the accountancy profession in Ghana and Burkina Faso by supporting the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ghana and the Ordre National des Experts Comptables et des Comptables Agréés du Burkina Faso. IFAC has partnered with the Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA), which will play the role of the program and project manager for implementing the pilot projects in both countries.
By focusing on strengthening the accountancy profession’s infrastructure, these pilot projects will support robust accounting practices in the public health sector, improve overall financial management of donor funds, and provide long-term benefits to the economy and society in Ghana and Burkina Faso.
“Developing the global accountancy profession’s capacity has many benefits across local, regional and national economies and societies—none more important the sound public financial management and oversight of public health funds,” said Scott Hanson, Director of Policy & Global Engagement at IFAC. “The projects launched on Friday—created through local and global partnerships—will empower resilient public health sector systems, and high-quality information the governments and people of Ghana and Burkina Faso can use to make data-informed decisions. They will help build national accountancy professions that can fully support the needs of Ghana and Burkina Faso. We look forward to expanding these programs with the support of Gavi, the Global Fund, and now USAID.”
“The Global Fund is a major contributor toward the achievement of the health-related Sustainable Development Goal 3and is acutely aware that a resilient and sustainable system for health (including a robust public financial management) underpin the realization of the SDG-3 goals and will continue to leverage the collective strength of our partnership to build the capacity and the capabilities of professional accountancy organizations”, said Alexander Birikorang, Head of Grant Financial Management at the Global Fund.
“Sound financial management is key to ensuring Gavi’s programs are able to improve the lives of as many people as possible,” said Assietou Diouf, Managing Director, Finance & Operations at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. “These pilot projects in Ghana and Burkina Faso are intended to boost transparency and build local skills and capacity at the local level. However, beyond that, we also expect them to contribute to a framework for better accounting practices that could one day benefit all Gavi-supported countries.”
Friday’s formal launch event brought together key stakeholders from both countries, including the Controller and Accountant General of the Republic of Ghana and representatives from Burkina Faso, including the Ambassador of Burkina Faso. The event followed two weeks of intensive meetings in Accra and Ouagadougou to coordinate broad support and ensure success.
The launch event also included an opportunity for the IFAC, the local accountancy organizations, and donor agencies to meet, including USAID, which recently joined the efforts to build capacity and support in-country financial management. The discussions considered next steps for the projects in Ghana and Burkina Faso and the future of the partnership.
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 180 members and associates in 135 jurisdictions, representing more than 3 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.
About the Global Fund
The Global Fund is a worldwide partnership to defeat HIV, TB and malaria and ensure a healthier, safer, more equitable future for all. We raise and invest more than US$4 billion a year to fight the deadliest infectious diseases, challenge the injustice which fuels them and strengthen health systems in more than 100 of the hardest hit countries. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have invested an additional US$4.3 billion to fight the new pandemic and reinforce systems for health. We unite world leaders, communities, civil society, health workers and the private sector to find solutions that have the most impact, and we take them to scale worldwide. Since 2002, the Global Fund partnership has saved 50 million lives.
About Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership that helps vaccinate half the world’s children against some of the world’s deadliest diseases. Since its inception in 2000, Gavi has helped to immunise a whole generation – over 981 million children – and prevented more than 15 million future deaths, helping to halve child mortality in 73 lower-income countries. Gavi also plays a key role in improving global health security by supporting health systems as well as funding global stockpiles for Ebola, cholera, meningococcal and yellow fever vaccines. After two decades of progress, Gavi is now focused on protecting the next generation, above all the zero-dose children who have not received even a single vaccine shot. The Vaccine Alliance employs innovative finance and the latest technology – from drones to biometrics – to save millions more lives, prevent outbreaks before they can spread and help countries on the road to self-sufficiency. Learn more at www.gavi.org and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
Gavi is a co-convener of COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, together with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. In its role, Gavi is focused on procurement and delivery for COVAX: coordinating the design, implementation and administration of the COVAX Facility and the Gavi COVAX AMC and working with its Alliance partners, UNICEF and WHO, along with governments, on country readiness and delivery.
The Vaccine Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. View the full list of donor governments and other leading organisations that fund Gavi’s work here.