The Capacity Building Committee is the INTOSAI advocate and custodian for SAI capacity development. We facilitate initiatives in support of SAIs and regions building their capacities and enhancing their capabilities.

Word from the Vice Chair

As you all know, INTOSAI will meet at the end of 2016 in the United Arab Emirates for its 22nd triennial Congress, where discussions will focus on two themes which are highly relevant from a capacity development perspective.

We have an exciting year ahead of us, leading up to the CBC Annual Meeting in Cape Town in October and ultimately to INCOSAI in Abu Dhabi in December.

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CBC Annual Meeting contiguous with the INTOSAI-Donor Steering Committee meeting

The CBC Annual Meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, brings some novelties this year. The week of 3 October, the Auditor General of South Africa will host a contiguous meeting with the CBC and the INTOSAI-Donor Steering Committee, building on synergies and benefiting from each other’s work. We will keep you posted here as the themes and program for the meeting develop.

Just as in previous years, CBC work streams, including the Regional Forum for Capacity Development, will have an opportunity to meet. The meeting will include theme discussions and the CBC Steering Committee meeting. In addition, there will be joint sessions between the CBC and the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation. All members of the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation will be invited to the CBC meeting as observers.

On Friday 7 October, following the INTOSAI-Donor Steering Committee meeting, MOSAIC ( will also meet in Cape Town.

CBC to draft a new terms of reference

INTOSAI is drafting a new strategy for 2017-2022, and the CBC strategic priorities were approved during the 2015 Annual Meeting. Since then, the CBC leadership and secretariat have continued to contribute to the drafting of the INTOSAI strategic plan.

At the start of the next strategic period it will also be time to update the Terms of Reference of the CBC. The current Terms of Reference were originally drafted when the CBC was created a decade ago. Both INTOSAI and the Capacity Building Committee have undergone a transformation in the previous decade and the role, responsibility and strategic approach of the committee should be reflected in an updated Terms of Reference.

It is our ambition to draft such a Terms of Reference in cooperation with the CBC Steering Committee. A number of strategic decisions are due to be made during INCOSAI in Abu Dhabi in December, regarding the INTOSAI Statutes, the INTOSAI Strategic Plan, the Common Forum andthe SAI PMF etc. All of these are likely to influence the CBC Terms of Reference, and as a result we aim to present a draft for approval to the Governing Board in 2017. Leading up to that decision we will consult with the CBC work stream leaders, steering committee and full membership, as well as with key strategic stakeholders.

Highlights from the CBC work streams

The CBC work streams reported on their progress in September 2015, but work is continuing:

  • The draft Framework for Regional Professionalism will form a key input to the Theme 2 discussion at XXII INCOSAI after its consideration at the Regional Forum for Capacity Development on 3 October on the occasion of the annual CBC meeting.
  • The Task Group on INTOSAI Auditor Certification is continuing its work and will report to XXII INCOSAI on its research into enabling mechanisms required to facilitate and structure professional development at SAI level and a proposed core competency framework for public sector audits.
  • As a result of the CBC Annual Meeting theme discussions on the role of SAIs in relation to the SDGs, a small working group has been created to draft a terms of reference for what the CBC can do to benefit SAIs working in fragile situations. SAI Sweden leads the group with the support of the SAIs of the Netherlands, Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom and the IDI.
  • Another small task group is working on developing a plan to keep the CBC guides relevant and current. This work includes liaising with the newly formed Common Forum to ensure that synergies can be used and overlaps are avoided.
  • The exposure for comments of ISSAI 5600 on Peer Reviews closed on 15 February.

You may also have noticed a new initiative on the CBC website where we are inviting different actors in the world of SAI capacity development to contribute with thought provoking and inspiring texts. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all of you to share your success stories, lessons learned and initiatives related to SAI capacity development, so that we may share them on the CBC website and others may benefit.

We look forward to hearing from you!


31 August final day for CBC/IDC Annual Meetings Registrations!

Please remember to register and to make your hotel bookings this week. The Annual Meetings of INTOSAI Capacity Building Committee and the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation Steering Committee will be hosted by the Auditor-General of South Africa, CBC Chair Kimi Makwetu, at the... read more

New issue of PASAI Bulletin

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Blog Spot

The CBC invites members and stakeholders of the INTOSAI community to submit brief texts with personal reflections on a topic of general interest. The views expressed are those of the author and may not correspond with the views of the organization they represent or of the CBC. We welcome these submissions to inspire readers, engage discussions and challenge ourselves to learn from others’ experiences.

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