INTOSAI Development Initiative

Supporting effective, accountable and inclusive Supreme Audit Institutions


SYL 2017-18


25 SYLs selected from 20 SAIs


March 2018

First international interaction India

Oct 2018

2nd International Interaction US-20 SYLs graduated the programme

Oct 2018


SYL Award announced

SYL19 award

The 2017-18 cohort were the pilot for the SYL. Twenty SYLs, who completed the programme, worked on change strategy proposals in several key areas that have impacted/will impact SAI capacity and performance. Many of the proposals are innovative and future oriented. The topics they cover range from ISSAI Implementation strategies, communication strategies, digital solutions using data analytics, value chain reporting, strengthening follow up mechanisms etc.



SAI Change Strategy


ArgentinaMarcela Margot CarrillatEmpowering citizens in monitoring the 2030 agenda for sustainable developmentConducted training and stakeholder engagement workshops with SAI staff, CSOs and citizens.
BhutanKinley ZamHow to achieve audit impact and promote accountability: Rethinking follow-up mechanism Royal Audit Authority Follow Up Guidelines 2018 developed and approved.
BotswanaBoitumelo MogaleemangReinforcing new behaviours: An ISSAI implementation projectEngagement with internal and local government stakeholders for conducting local government audits as per ISSAIs.
BotswanaSeolebaleng NkhisangEmbracing Change - An enabler of strategic excellencePiloted two IT Audits using IT Audit Working Papers. Developed a risk matrix for ranking the IT Audit universe.
ChinaYuzhu ZhangReal Time Auditing System on the Implementation of National Foreign Fund PoliciesPilot real time audit of implementation of National Foreign Fund Policies – primary audit findings and first audit meeting held.
Costa RicaCarolina Retana ValverdeAddressing challenge: application of multi-criteria analysis in PA linked to SDGsMulti Criteria Analysis methodology developed and two performance audits conducted and published using this methodology.
Costa RicaFalon Stephany Arias CaleroInnovative approach in comprehensive audit services to increase public value (design thinking)Developed design thinking methodology for SAI Costa Rica. Trained a design thinking team and facilitated use of design thinking approach in audit.
EstoniaEva-Maria AsariBetter engagement with external stakeholdersReviewed existing stakeholder practices, developed principles for stakeholder engagement to be introduced in the audit guidelines.
FijiAlani DraunidaloEnhancing Delivery of Audit Services through effective stakeholder engagementStakeholder engagement strategy for SAI Fiji
FinlandJenni LeppalahtiAdding Value through cooperation in Regional auditsCreated stakeholder connections, capacity planning and a joint audit planning process to prepare for Finnish Government Regional Reform leading to expansion of SAI mandate to audit regional government.
FSM PohnpeiCherry Lyn D, SomcioCommunication StrategyCommunication strategy for SAI Pohnpei and increased public awareness through outreach activities
IndiaR. MonicaE2E IT Solution for digital audit of GST (Goods and Services Tax)Development of data warehouse module, knowledge management system module, modules for data analysis and risk assessment. Interdisciplinary project team formed, project board constituted, 40 champions in user offices, development and delivery of training.
LiberiaMambiyea M. WounuahGAC E-Data RepositoryStakeholder Consultation, Definition of Scan Document Standards, identification of available paper documents, segregation of documents as per statutory relevance.
MaldivesIzmeera ShihamAdaptation of HR policies and practices to be a model organizationHR strategy for SAI Maldives
MaldivesMohamed RizneeMaking a difference to the lives of citizens through ISSAI based performance auditingRevised performance audit manual for SAI Maldives
MaltaRebecca VassalloAudit Smart: Integrating Data Analytics in AuditingDeveloped data analytics infrastructure, including the choice and installation of the data analytics software, the set-up of a functional data analytics team, provided data analytics training, conducted research into the use of data analytics in public sector auditing and readiness of the audit environment and planned the pilot project audit.
SamoaOceanbaby PenitioInnovation is QualityPiloted stakeholder analysis and RACI analysis tools for inclusion in performance audit manual
South AfricaEugene de HaanValue Chain Reporting- Auditing for Greater ImpactAdded value to the auditee and audit committee through value chain auditing. More than 50% positive response to a stakeholder survey after audit engagement.
South AfricaMelissa McCarthyLet go of the old and embrace the newDevelopment of business unit internal communication plan following amendments to South Africa’s Public Audit Act
ThailandSineenat PhotichaiEnhancing effective follow up mechanism for performance auditDeveloped and piloted follow up mechanism for performance audit

Some of the SYLs also shared their ideas and experiences through the International Journal for Government Auditing and through other publications.

In addition to the value added to the SAIs the SYLs grew as leaders and developed their potential throughout the initiative.


The other key value that the programme created was ‘innovation’. Throughout the programme the SYLs experimented with and tried new solutions, leading their own growth process.  Our discussions led to some very interesting and innovative solutions. Some of the innovative work included. 

SYL Community Values – SYL’s debated hard on their values. They agreed on five values and identified behaviours that would reflect those values. Throughout the programme we have endeavoured to keep each other accountable for those values.



SYL Integrated Change Plan – We started the programme with a SAI change strategy plan. Following discussions with the SYL during the first interaction the SAI change strategy plan blossomed into a SYL Integrated Change Plan. This holistic change plan was based on the GROW model and included a ME plan for the SYL’s personal growth, Exposure Plan to cover all aspects that the SYL would be exposed to in the SAI, Coaching Plan to shape interaction between SAI Coaches and SYLs and SAI Change Strategy Plan, which would contribute to positive change in the SAI.  A team of SYLs designed the integrated plan format.  

Besides contributing to innovation in the programme, the SYLs also demonstrated innovative thinking both in their personal development and in the SAI Change strategy proposals. The empathy algorithm is one of the many examples of innovative thinking in personal development. It was a part of one of the SYL’s exploration of a personal meaning of ‘empathy’. 

20 SAI Young Leaders graduated the programme

95% women SYL graduates

Positive Change in the SAI

SYLs lead implementation of 20 innovative and future oriented SAI change strategies implemented. 

Change strategy ranged from ISSAI Implementation strategies, communication strategies, digital solutions using data analytics, value chain reporting, strengthening follow up mechanisms etc.

SYLs and IDI together introduced innovations

SYL Leadership Link
SYL Community Values
SYL Integrated Plan (Me Plan, Coaching Plan, Exposure Plan and Change Strategy)
SYL Digital Year Book
EI Assessments and Coaching
SYL Communication and Sustainability Plan