The second meeting of the TPCL project focused on analysing crisis

Before the main part of the second meeting, we had a homework discussion in separate breakrooms to identify the major barriers to post-crisis learning. We discovered that auditing is the same type of crisis management tool that can be used in very different ways in smaller municipalities with limited resources.
During the meeting, Sofiia Kostytska (Ukraine), a former lawyer of Ukraine’s Supreme Audit Institution (Accounting Chamber of Ukraine) and current LLM candidate at Queen Mary University of London, presented on the value of hindsight in crisis analysis and importance of holistic approach to auditing crises. She discussed the basic rationale for auditing at several levels, but also noted that this public sector instrument should be seen in a variety of ways and tailored to meet your specific requirements.

She also highlighted that it is not simply a monitoring strategy, but also an important post-crisis learning tool and one for learning during a crisis. Amer Lukac, crisis and security coordinator from Åstorp municipality (Sweden), provided insight into the Swedish practice of using a streamlined self-reflecting auditing system at the municipality level.

Our next meeting is scheduled for May, 2 and in preparation for the forthcoming session, we again assigned homework to participants, encouraging them to reflect on the following questions within the framework of their organization:
  • What is your organization’s experience with audits and reflection up to this point?
  • Does your organisation have staff members in the crisis unit who are responsible for monitoring and collecting feedback to document crisis experiences at both the organisational and individual levels?
  • Would you be willing to implement a self-reflective auditing system in your organisation, from your point of view? If the answer is yes, then what obstacles may the undertaking potentially encounter?
These insights and perspectives as unique contributions shall be discussed during the next meeting which is a crucial part of the joint collective learning journey.
🟧 Malmö University is the main partner of the TPCL project, which main activities will be carried out within spring 2024. The project is funded by the Swedish Institute.

Photo: April 17 meeting (Crisis Research Centre, 2024).

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