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Sub-recipient Audit Follow-up

Once the auditors finalise and submit the audit report, the Country Office (CO) should hold a discussion with each auditee (the Sub-recipient (SR)) regarding what actions will be taken by the CO to address the recommendations made by the auditors. It is also recommended to hold a meeting with all of the SRs to brief them on the outcome of the SR audit and its findings. This is a key capacity development activity.

Planned actions to address audit findings are then entered into CARDS in the form of an action plan.

Practice Pointer

When entering the “Action Planned” as part of the action plan submission in CARDS, COs should detail the actions they plan to take to support the SRs to address the audit recommendations (e.g. training, monitoring, etc.).

As a best practice, COs should closely review the SR audit findings and recommendations, to assess the need to revise the implementation arrangements with the SRs (e.g. changing the payment modalities), the SR monitoring plan, and targeted support to SRs to address performance areas that need strengthening. There may also be a need to review the SR agreement to include special conditions to meet the recommendations in the SR audit report. The SR audit findings and steps taken to implement the audit recommendations should be included as part of the CO reporting to the donor and Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM).

Practice Pointer

Inadequate implementation of the prior year’s audit action plan is a recurring audit finding. The audit focal point should closely monitor the implementation of the action plan to ensure that proper action is taken to improve the performance of SRs and consequently prevent an unfavourable audit opinion for that area in the subsequent year.

The UNDP Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) issues, on an annual basis, a consolidated report of the audits of SRs of projects financed by the Global Fund. As part of their risk management and SR management strengthening efforts, COs should consult the consolidated report to identify common audit issues, trends in weaknesses in SR internal controls and status of implementation of prior year audit recommendations. As with all UNDP audit reports, the consolidated report is made available on UNDP’s audit public disclosure website within 30 calendar days after it is issued internally to UNDP management.

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