The aim

Building effective professional accountancy organisations

When professional accountancy organisations (PAOs) are sustainable, relevant and credible, they deliver dedicated accountancy professionals who drive quality governance, financial management, reporting and auditing in the public and private sectors. They contribute to increased confidence in business, trust in government, foreign direct investment, and the effective use of foreign development assistance.

PAFA supports the development of PAOs and advances accountancy learning and development in Africa.

• View the latest PAFA PAO development plan.

• View the latest PAFA accountancy learning and development plan.

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The aim

Advancing technical excellence

The accountancy profession is anchored in international standards that serve as best practice in the public and private sectors on how to report on the activities of an enterprise to create value, how to obtain assurance on this information, and how accountancy professionals should conduct themselves as guardians of this information.

PAFA contributes to the development of international standards, facilitates the adoption and implementation of such standards, enhances public financial reporting through accrual accounting as a key area of focus, and advances sustainability and integrated reporting in Africa.

The aim

Enhancing the quality and mobility of accountancy services

Quality accounting, audit and assurance services drive improvements in information, underpinning capital markets and decision-making in small and medium-sized enterprises and governments. The successful adoption and implementation of the International Standard on Quality Management of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, and effective functioning of a national quality review system, are essential to building confidence and trust among participants in financial markets and governments.

PAFA supports the development and maintenance of effective national quality review systems, i.e. helping its members to equip accountancy professionals and their firms to comply with international standards on quality management.

The aim

Public value management

PAFA recognises the important role that the accountancy profession plays in strengthening PVM systems to achieve fiscal discipline, effective resource allocation and effective service delivery to the citizens of Africa. PAFA’s strategic actions aimed at promoting and supporting good governance, transparency and accountability in the public sector are integrated into our three strategic areas of focus:

  • Effective PAOs

  • Technical excellence

  • Quality and mobility.

Our partnership with the African Professionalisation Initiative will remain a key strategic action from 2022 to 2024