Project profile — Enhancing Oversight of the Extractives Industry in Francophone Africa


Cowater International Inc. (61009)
2016-03-03 - 2023-01-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Cameroon (25.00%)
• Burkina Faso (25.00%)
• Mali (25.00%)
• Madagascar (25.00%)


• Public finance management:
Public finance management (15111) (10.84%)
Domestic Revenue Mobilisation (15114) (69.16%)
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (20.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to enhance transparency and accountability of national revenue collection related to natural resources in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Madagascar and Mali and in francophone Sub-Saharan Africa. Building the capacity of national Supreme Audit Institutions and other oversight bodies to audit and monitor the extractives industry is expected to help maximize government revenues to improve the delivery of services to citizens and help reduce poverty. Project activities include: (1) developing regional and country-specific extractive industry audit guidelines, training curricula and other technical resources aligned with international best practices, including gender and environment-specific tools; (2) completing extractive industry pilot audits in target countries to test guidelines and technical resources; (3) delivering extractive industry audit training and on-the-job coaching to Supreme Audit Institutions and other national oversight bodies; and (4) developing guidelines and processes for systematically engaging stakeholders, including citizens, women’s groups, civil society organizations, media and industry in extractive industry auditing processes.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved national oversight of extractive industries in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Madagascar and Mali; and (2) improved regional support by the Conseil régional de formation des institutions supérieures de contrôle des finances publiques d'Afrique francophone subsaharienne (CREFIAF) for the oversight of the extractive industries in its 23 member countries in francophone Sub-Saharan Africa.

Results achieved 

Results as March 2018 include: (1) 5 training sessions on extractive industries (EI) audit, and other themes integrating gender and environment were delivered to 20 CREFIAF experts; (2) 2 audit guides that include conducting a compliance and performance audit in the EI and integrating gender and environmental criteria were developed; (3) 80% of the experts of the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) participated in 5 CREFIAF workshops to improve their skills on the themes of gender and EI (4) 146 SAI auditors (40% women), including 64 auditors of Cameroonian and Malian SAIs aware of the mining sector, were trained on extractive industries (EI) audit, and linkages with gender and environment aspects; (5) The Forum on fraud and corruption registered 140 participants including 49 delegates from SAIs in 20 countries which allowed to identify and analyze the issues of fraud and corruption in the EI and hence to recommend solutions for its prevention and mitigation (6)17 CREFIAF experts were trained on gender issues related to EI which ensured appropriate knowledge transfer to auditors of SAIs; (7) 73 staff members of EI sector stakeholders and 35 civil society organizations were trained on EI industry transparency and accountability principles.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
20-10-2023 Disbursement $499,237
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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