The World Bank Centre for Financial Reporting Reform (CFRR) held a series of four Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) distance learning events on "Public Oversight" on 15 March, 5 April, 19 April and 5 May 2011. These events were organized on behalf of the Audit and Oversight Community of Practice (AOCoP) of the Road to Europe Programme of Accounting Reform and Institutional Strengthening (REPARIS).
The objective of this series of distance-learning events was to provide members of public oversight bodies, government officials with responsibility for the public oversight system and staff supporting the public oversight system with a good understanding of the key elements of their roles and responsibilities.
The events explored key issues that need to be addressed at an early stage in an oversight body's existence; discussed how these issues may be resolved; and provided an overview of the objectives of an audit, the audit process and the relationship between auditing standards and audit quality.
In the first two events, invited experts gave presentations on a variety of aspects of public oversight systems and public oversight bodies. In the final two events, a panel of experts responded to questions from the audience on issues which had been raised in the first two events. All four events were moderated by Ranjan Ganguli and Andrei Busuioc of the CFRR.