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International capacity building

A strong national accountancy profession can play an important role in a country's economic and business development. ICAEW is actively committed to the sustainable development of robust and independent national professions.

Case studies

You can find out more about our project work in our case studies.

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Through professional accounting organisation (PAO) partnering projects funded by donor agencies such as, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, Department for International Development and USAID, we provide practical assistance and mentoring to build the capacity of national accountancy professions in developing countries to foster high quality financial management, reporting and auditing.

Across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East we have worked on more than 45 capacity building projects in close partnership with governments, regulators, professional accountancy bodies and firms.

Our capacity building initiatives aim to strengthen the professional organisations we work with, making them sustainable for the long term and able to grow and evolve independently.

Key areas of activity are:

  • implementing international standards – IFRSs, ISAs and IPSAS;
  • creating and strengthening national professional qualifications and training, aligned to international benchmarks;
  • promoting a high level of professional standards by establishing quality systems for monitoring and supervision;
  • improving public sector guidance through education and training offerings; and
  • strengthening leadership, strategy and governance.

Building capacity for a sustainable future

ICAEW is working internationally to champion the benefits of strong and vibrant national accountancy professions. Working in the public interest, ICAEW is – like the World Bank and other donors – committed to supporting national PAOs in playing a full and active role in improving financial information and transparency.

Building capacity for a sustainable future gives an overview of the international capacity building work ICAEW does and why we do it. The brochure also looks at examples of our joint projects around the world in closer detail.

Raising professional standards worldwide

ICAEW promotes and encourages the highest standards of practice and professional conduct.

Raising professional standards worldwide (PDF 424KB/20 pages) includes examples of our work with organisations in Europe, Africa and Asia to strengthen professional standards in areas such as:

  • audit quality monitoring
  • Practice Assurance
  • insolvency regulation
  • anti-money laundering
  • complaints-handling and disciplinary procedures
  • outsourced regulation.

Case studies