Global SAI Accountability Initiative - GSAI
IDI, including the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation (IDC), has established long-term partnerships to support SAIs in challenging contexts. Intensive support is provided to enable the SAIs to establish long-term capacity development projects and implement these for greater performance and impact.
Over recent years, the PAP-APP programme (Accelerated Peer-Support Partnership or Partenariat d'Appui Accéléré par des Pairs in French) established by IDI, AFROSAI-E and CREFIAF has supported nine SAIs through a peer-support and partnership programme. PAP-APP was created in response to INTOSAI's Global Call for Proposals (GCP), Tier 2, and focussed on Supreme Audit Instituions in Africa.
Why this initiative?
Progress towards the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development requires strengthening of national systems for good use of public resources, in particularly in countries with weak public financial management and at risk of being left behind.
Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) can play a key role in enforcing good governance and curbing corruption. Yet, several SAIs in challenging contexts struggle to play a strong role and have a potential to deliver more impactful audits.
The Global SAI Accountability Initiative (GSAI) aims to mobilize effective and well-coordinated support to SAIs in challenging contexts. These SAIs often operate in environments that face serious political, economic, and/or social challenges, and are therefore most in need of scaled-up and strengthened support. Several factors were considered during the selection of the beneficiary SAIs, including but not limited to:
- Being located in a country classified as a least developed country, other low income or lower-middle-income country on the OECD DAC list of ODA recipients
- Being located in a country designated as fragile according to the World Bank’s harmonized list of fragile situations
- Being located in a country which scoring in the two lowest quartiles of the Transparency International corruption perception index, or with no score available (no CPI data available)
- SAIs which have weak or medium overall performance, or with no performance data available (based on PEFA and OBI data)
- SAIs with no capacity development support or no prospects of short-term support
The initiative is expected to empower them to take forward their own capacity development and reach a new level of sustained capacities and performance over time.
Launched in 2022 by the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation as part of its broad work to promote support, independence, performance and benefits of SAIs in developing countries, the initiative is managed by IDI with funding from the Europian Union.
What is the main objective?
The fundamental objectives and principles of the GSAI are in line with the principles of IDI's Strategic Plan 2024 - 2029 and the IDC strategy 2020-2030, to:
- Enable the most challenged SAIs to enhance their capacities and performance through scaled-up, SAI-led and strategically based capacity development support.
- Establish mechanisms to ensure projects are developed in partnership between the SAI, donors and providers of support. This shall ensure coordination and customized support to the unique needs and opportunities of each SAI.
Ultimately, the GSAI initiative will be enhancing the capacity and performance of SAIs by mobilising stable long-term capacity development support and thereby contributing towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 16. As independent oversight bodies, SAIs are central to strengthening and developing effective, accountable and transparent government institutions (SDG target 16.6).
What is the delivery approach?
The GSAI programme has a high focus on the delivery of support through long term partnerships between the targeted SAI, the donor(s), and providers of support from the INTOSAI community. The approach seeks to utilize the resources from the different actors in the best possible way to increase the likelihood of success in their efforts to strengthen the capacity of these most challenged SAIs.
Individual project groups are established to develop and implement sound tailored capacity development projects for targeted SAIs, consisting of the SAI itself and interested providers of support (e.g. donor organisations, INTOSAI regions and other INTOSAI bodies, peer SAIs).
- IDI engages with donors and technical partners relevant for the programme and country projects. These consultations build on the initial dialogue with the partners in the pre-launch phase where partners gave preferences for role and engagement.
- A kick-off workshop outlines the overall process and success criteria for the implementation of GSAI. It includes training on how to collaborate well and how SAIs can engage with partners.
- Facilitate country visits and frequent contact between SAIs and relevant providers especially to:
- Enable the SAI and partners to develop a good understanding of SAI needs of support, considering what are the most critical areas for the SAI to be able to add value in the country.
- Set baseline of SAI status, including in the areas of Gender, Diversity, Inclusion.
- Establish coordination mechanisms in each country. It is recommended that for each country a SAI support group is created to contribute to coordination and harmonization of support. The groups are established with a view to have representation of the following: SAI, donor organization(s), peer support provider, current providers of support (if any) and the regional secretariat.
- Assist each SAI and partners to develop minimum one project, including support to an audit related area. The project for support to an audit areas is proposed to be for an audit assignment clearly in need of support and where support can lead to an actual audit result delivered and shared.
- Facilitate agreement on country project support for an initial period of about 2 years to each of the SAIs
- Implementation of projects agreed in the planning phase
- Development of long-term support projects with specific activities and associated timeframes for each SAI
SAIs transition to long-term support phase as soon as initial support is completed and long-term projects are ready and have secured funding. In some countries it may be possible to agree on long-term support to the SAI already in the initial support phase, especially with a holistic strategic plan and sufficient absorption capacity of the SAI in place.
Who are the beneficiary SAIs?
The SAIs of Belize, Benin, Dominica, Haiti, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon and Tajikistan have joined the initiative. These SAIs have unique opportunities for development and needs of support.
The GSAI programme will develop tailored country projects for each of them in partnership with peer SAIs, donors and implementation partners. In each case, there are peer SAIs, regional organizations and experienced implementation partners interested to provide technical support, and various donors are expected to fund country projects. Click below for detailed information on each SAI.