CGIAR System Internal Audit Function

Committed to excellence, dedicated to your success


We are an integrated, digitally enabled, innovative, and trusted partner supporting CGIAR institutions to deliver impact through value-adding assurance and advice.

How we work

The CGIAR Internal Audit function provides support to CGIAR governing bodies and management in responsibly managing CGIAR resources in an efficient manner. By offering independent, risk-based, and objective advice, in addition to insight and foresight, we fortify CGIAR’s ability to create, safeguard and maintain value.

Internal Audit is accountable to the Integrated Partnership Board via the Partnership Audit, Finance and Risk Committee (P-AFRC). Center/Alliance Internal Audit teams report functionally to their respective Center/Alliance Boards via the Center Audit, Finance, and Risk Committees (AFRC). The Heads of Internal Audit report administratively to their respective Directorate General/Executive Director. The Internal Audit teams work in conjunction with one another as a community of practice, headed by the Chief Audit Executive a.i., with assistance from Internal Audit Support Services.

The quality of our work is underpinned by conformance with the International Internal Auditing Standards.


The team

The team has extensive experience and training on internal auditing, risk assurance, fraud examinations, IT auditing, and more.

Madina Bazarova
CGIAR Chief Audit Executive, a.i.
Elbert Hidding
CGIAR Internal Audit Support Service
AfricaRice and IITA
Takawira Fumhe
Head of Internal Audit
Alliance Bioversity/CIAT, CIP, IFPRI
Richard Kocik
Director of Internal Audit
Antonio Villamor
Head of Internal Audit
Peter Getugi
Head of Internal Audit
IRRI, IWMI, WorldFish and System Organization
Madina Bazarova
Head of Internal Audit

Our work plan  

Our annual work plans respond to key CGIAR and Center risks and are approved by the AFRC. The 2024 work plan includes three types of audits:

  1. Strategic audits: Offering foresight and supporting strategic decision-making.
  2. Thematic audits: Responding to risks across CGIAR Centers.
  3. Center-specific audits: Focusing on Center strategic and operational risks, building on the high-level use of data analytics to test the effect of key controls.