CBC Work Stream in support of SAIs in Fragile Situations

 

The CBC will, through this work stream, lead INTOSAI’s efforts to identify what support is needed, and good practices to address those needs, adjusted to the preconditions of SAIs in fragile situations and the organizations supporting them.

SAIs in fragile contexts were initially discussed at the CBC annual meeting in Lima, Peru in 2014, at the initiative of CREFIAF. As a result of those discussions, a small task group was set up to explore the issues and propose a way forward. That task group has consisted of representatives from the SAIs of the Netherlands, Sierra Leone, the United Kingdom and Sweden, and from the IDI.

Adding SAI Sudan, the work stream had their first meeting at the CBC annual meeting in Washington. The topic also played the key role of this year’s synergy session with the IDSC. Please find the outcome here:

20171012 Synergy session inputs – restructured

Please also find the first work stream paper here: State building in fragile situations.

The workstream invited Auditors General, Deputies Auditors General and some staff from Zimbabwe, South Africa, South Sudan, Palestine and Rwanda, and CEO and staff from AFROSAI-E, to a forum in Johannesburg, South Africa, 28-29 March. Please find the summary report from the forum here: Johannesburg forum – final report.

About the workstream

The CBC will, through this work stream, lead INTOSAI’s efforts to identify what support is needed, and good practices to address those needs, adjusted to the preconditions of SAIs in fragile situations and the organizations supporting them.

SAIs in fragile contexts were initially discussed at the CBC annual meeting in Lima, Peru in 2014, at the initiative of CREFIAF. As a result of those discussions, a small task group was set up to explore the issues and propose a way forward. That task group has consisted of representatives from the SAIs of the Netherlands, Sierra Leone, the United Kingdom and Sweden, and from the IDI.

The terms of reference was approved by the CBC Steering Committee during the CBC Annual Meeting in Cape Town in October 2016 and endorsed by INCOSAI in Abu Dhabi two months later. The terms of reference is based on experiences by SAIs currently or previously working in states in different levels of fragility, and by donors and partners working with SAIs in such contexts. The experiences have been collected through a selection of interviews and discussions as well as reports and articles.

The work stream held its first meeting in conjunction with the CBC meeting in Washington D.C. in September 2017 and now holds regular skype meetings.

Terms of Reference ENG

Termes de Référence – Soutien aux ISC en contextes fragiles

 

Ongoing Activities

 

The work stream has adopted a work plan with six items. The responsibility for the different activities is spread among the work stream members. The group is assisted by David Goldworthy and Silvia Stefanoni of Development Action Ltd. UK,  when developing the work under some of its activities.

Members interested to support the work stream are invited to contact SAI Sweden, Oskar Karnebäck: oskar.karneback@riksrevisionen.se.

 

Lines of Action/ Work Plan

The work stream has adopted a work plan with six items. The responsibility for the different activities is spread among the work stream members.

Work Plan CBC Work Stream SAIs in fragile situations 2018

Activity plan short stories

According to the terms of reference, the CBC aims to develop different methods and approaches to support SAIs in fragile contexts as well as donors and partner organizations working with them. This may include both awareness raising and knowledge sharing and the provision of more practical advice and guidance.

Outputs may, for example, include:

  • Lessons learned and case studies based on experiences of SAIs and/or their development partners;
  • Good practice guidance for SAIs in fragile situations, their partner SAIs/organizations, INTOSAI regions and donors;
  • Materials and models to support SAIs in identifying first step- and next step-solutions to challenges identified;
  • Development of training for SAI staff and consultants engaged in, or planning to engage in change agent roles with SAIs working in fragile contexts;
  • An open dialogue and sharing of experiences between the SAIs concerned and between their partners and donors, respectively
Members

Swedish National Audit Office (lead)

Supreme Audit Office of Afghanistan

General Auditing Commission, Liberia

Netherlands Court of Audit

Office of the Auditor General of Norway

Audit Service Sierra Leone

National Audit Chamber of Sudan

INTOSAI Development Initiative

 

Contact information

For further information, please contact Oskar Karnebäck at the Swedish National Audit Office: oskar.karneback@riksrevisionen.se.

 

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