From August 28 to September 1, Brazil’s Court of Auditors (TCU) hosted a Design Thinking Course for OLACEFS member institutions. The course was held at its Serzedello Correa Institute (ISC). The event was attended by 15 officials from the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Puerto Rico, along with TCU officials.

The first day included an introduction to the topic of Innovation and Design Thinking, a presentation of the aims of the course and an assessment of context, scenarios and opportunities. The following day, exploration of the course’s specific theme began, with a more in-depth look at objectives and a presentation of tools for empathy and research and ethnography techniques.

The third day saw the students continue their exploratory work and discuss the shift in meaning of the objectives and collaborative work. In the final two days of the course, participants found out about and applied techniques of co-creation, clustering and prototyping.

Minister Augusto Nardes, who chairs the OLACEFS Capacity Building Committee (CCC), shared his vision for training in the region with participants.

In addition to imparting theoretical knowledge, there were a number of practical activities and a lot of interaction between participants. SAI officials will now be responsible for sharing what they have learnt in their respective institutions.

The OLACEFS Design Thinking Course is the result of extensive coordination between the CCC and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and GIZ, with the support of the Department of Institutional Relations for Corporate Education of the Center for Research and Innovation and the Secretariat of International Relations.

Please click on the link below to see the picture gallery for the event: