Overseas Special Interest Group - October - FULLY BOOKED

Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017, 13:30 - 18:00


Developing INGO approaches to assurance and internal audit

INGOs face a wide range of often complex and changing risks. Over time approaches to risk management have developed, and in recent times some INGOs have been considering the sources of evidence available to provide assurance within key strategic and operational areas, and the extent to which the levels of assurance gained are appropriate. Internal audit and other internal reviews and management processes are a vital source of evidence within the overall framework for assurance.

INGOs often operate in environments in which they are exposed to high levels of risk, for example physical security risks, and other risks such as fraud, and local compliance. Internal audits, management processes and other internal reviews are critical in both preventing and detecting these risks and investigating any issues that may arise.

We will hear from WaterAid, Plan International and BBC Media Action on different aspects of their approaches to assurance, both at organisational level and also with respect to specific risks. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions, and, for smaller organisations without dedicated audit functions, a chance to hear and learn from sector specialists.

This meeting is kindly sponsored by:


13.30 - 13:45

Registration and refreshments

Chair’s welcome and introduction
Rudi Lewin, Mango

Developing an assurance framework at WaterAid

• The developing assurance framework
• Quality and nature of assurance
• Linking assurance to performance management
• Challenges and future plans
Will Garrood, Head of Global Strategic Planning and Performance, WaterAid

Plan International’s approach to country audits: setting and auditing against standards

• The control framework audit: using the COSO model
• Testing the attainment of standards
• Challenges and future plans

Gary Mitchell, Director of Global Assurance, Plan International


Tea and coffee break

Assurance and audit for high levels of risk: perspectives from BBC Media Action

• Operating in and auditing high risk environments (physical security risks)
• Local registration and local compliance risks
• Preventing, detecting and investigating fraud, including in high risk environments

Jon Elford, Assurance and Risk Manager, BBC Media Action

Small group discussions and panel Q&A

• Discussing the presentations
• Sharing experiences, learning and challenges
• Approaches to internal audit: sharing resources?
• Panel discussion

Closing remarks and open discussion

Rudi Lewin, Mango


Networking and refreshments

Venue Details


Crowe Clark Whitehill, St Bride's House 10 Salisbury Square, LONDON, EC4Y 8EH

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Bookings & Prices


  • CFG Charity Member - FREE;
  • Non CFG Member Charity - FREE;

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