Enhancing Accountability through Independent Supreme Audit Institutions

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Enhancing Accountability through Independent Supreme Audit Institutions

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COVID-19 brought into focus the need for greater transparency and accountability in public finances. Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), also known as the Auditor General, National Audit Office, Cour des Comptes, Tribunal de Comptes amongst others, in different countries, play the most important role in promoting efficient and accountable public administration and contribute in enabling the achievement of sustainable development goals.

SAIs are responsible for auditing public revenue, expenditure, assets, and liabilities to ascertain the quality and credibility of financial information generated by the executive branch of government, and to contribute to the legislature’s fiscal oversight role. Independence is fundamental for effectiveness of SAIs as key accountability institutions. The absence of adequate independence and capacity can impair a Supreme Audit Institutions​’ ability to support the fight against corruption and to assess the value for money of government programs. How can we strengthen the independence and capacity of SAIs? This led to the World Bank developing the 2021 Global SAI Independence Index to strengthen its ability and other development partners to promote the independence of those institutions globally. 

Join us in launching the World Bank’s Supreme Audit Institutions Independence (SAI) Index, presenting the global and regional trends on various dimensions of SAI independence in 118 countries. During the event, the panel of global leaders will present discuss and share reflections on ways to strengthen transparency and accountability in public sector governance, which is critical as the world emerges out of COVID-19.

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Srinivas Gurazada

Poll Questions: Share with us what you think about SAI Independence in your country. Please answer the three simple Poll Questions on the WBLive event page. #SupremeAuditInstitutions   [email protected]_gov  [email protected] 
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 21:16
Teddy (Zambia)

Am excited to be part of this conversation and looking forward to hearing more.
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 23:06
Md Abdul Mojid

independent audit play role in some case but not all te time due to govt intervention
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 23:29

If there are no formal educational and experience qualifications prescribed for Auditor General in the constitution, how can one judge if the appointment is merit based?
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 23:29
Subba Rao

How do we judge the right level of funding to the Auditor General? If the Auditor General is unable to deliver on Audit plan, does it result in impairment of independence?
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 23:38

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