International Journal of Government Auditing – Autumn 2017

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Mr. Ole Sch°yen became the new head of the INTOSAI Donor Secretariat in June 2017. The Cooperation's main focus is on the new round of the Global Call for Proposals, and in the coming years Tier 2, a specialized initiative to scale up support for the most challenged Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), will be underscored.

"In many countries, we see that SAIs are being challenged by their environments. The hope for our Global Call for Proposals Tier 2 support is that we can help the SAIs to such an extent that they are no longer challenged by their environment. We want them to turn the tables, to be in a position to challenge their environment. We want to see challenging SAIs, not challenged ones."-Ole Sch°yen.

Read the full editorial in the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation newsletter.



In 2009, INTOSAI and 15 Donors signed a milestone Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) designed to augment and strengthen support to the Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) community. The MoU recognizes the potential value SAIs contribute to strengthening governance, accountability and poverty reduction. The MoU provides a common approach to increased strategic focus and coordination for donors and the SAI community in reinforcing SAIs in developing countries, which entails:
  • Donors mobilizing additional funding for SAI strengthening;
  • Increased strategic focus on the important role of SAIs in terms of governance, development and poverty reduction;
  • Improved coordination of support to the SAI community; and
  • Better and more effective support initiatives.
Support is provided through a hierarchy of activities, principally at the country level, and then at the regional and International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) global levels. Because the support is to be demand-driven and sustainable, it is based on strategic and development action plans.

The new round of the Global Call for proposals (GCP) has been launched! In response to concerns noted in the GCP 2015 evaluation, the GCP now has two tiers. GCP Tier 1 invites Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) to send concept notes for matching (it is now a rolling process with no deadlines for submissions). GCP Tier 2 intends to target the most challenged SAIs, which are most in need of scaled-up and strengthened support.

The new targeted approach aims to provide more intense support to the most challenged SAIs struggling with designing and implementing strategic capacity development programs, particularly SAIs in fragile and conflict environments. GCP Tier 2 (T2) is designed to support SAI's across the entire strategic management cycle-from needs assessment and strategic planning through program design, implementation and evaluation.

T2 focuses on creating long term partnerships between SAIs, donors and those providing support along with strengthened coordination and monitoring by the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI)-Donor Secretariat.

The T2 committee, consisting of development cooperation members formed to oversee the new T2 proposal, is now finalizing the list of SAIs that will form T2. Thirty-six prospective SAIs from countries spreading across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean and the Pacific were identified and 18 were invited to participate in the T2 program based on specific criteria.

Engaging donor community and other support providers to stimulate T2 initiative interest is underway. At the recent "Auditing Preparedness for the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)," meeting jointly coordinated by the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) and the United Nations (UN) held at UN headquarters in New York, a common theme arose-"No One Left Behind."

Adopting this motto and thinking of ways to assist in delivering much-needed support is crucial.

"Every mickle mek a muckle." This Jamaican proverb says it all. Translated it means, "Small portions eventually add up to be a big slice." So, no proposed support is too small. If you would like to know more about the GCP Tier 2 please see our website or contact any member of the Secretariat at intosai.donor.secretariat@idi.no.


The IDC is just starting the process of developing two new country-level success stories to communicate that working with SAIs is important and is making a difference in the lives of citizens.

The success stories showcase successful SAI capacity development initiatives from across the INTOSAI and donor communities and how the Memorandum of Understanding principles contributed to the success of the initiatives.

To read the three success stories already developed about SAI Bhutan, SAI Sierra Leone and PASAI visit the Cooperation Webpage.


The last INTOSAI-Donor Steering Committee Leadership teleconference took place mid-July 2017. The Global Call for Proposals, implementation of the communications plan and the upcoming INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation Steering Committee meeting were some of the highlighted discussion topics.


The INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation joined the ranks of Twitter users in July! Get up-to-date news and photos via our Twitter handle @The_Cooperation.