Project profile — Strengthening Audit Capacity and Fighting Corruption


INTOSAI Development Initiative
2015-05-19 - 2020-07-31
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (50.00%)
• America, regional (25.00%)
• Asia, regional (15.00%)
• Europe, regional (10.00%)


• Public finance management:
Public finance management (15111) (70.00%)
Anti-corruption organisations and institutions (15113) (30.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The purpose of this project is to enhance sustainable economic prosperity for the poor by improving governance, which is a key enabler of sustainable economic growth. The project seeks to strengthen the capacity of national supreme audit institutions in developing countries. Main project activities include: (1) working with supreme audit institutions to prevent and detect fraud and corruption; (2) delivering certification programs to bring supreme audit institutions in line with international audit standards, including gender equality considerations; and, (3) building the capacity of supreme audit institutions to work with a diversity of stakeholders (such as parliaments, civil society organizations, and the media), including using innovative technological approaches. The project also focuses on empowering women and girls by supporting cooperative gender audits with countries in Francophone Africa, looking at issues such as equal benefits from government programs. Gender equality is also incorporated into guidance and tools used by supreme audit institutions around the world. The project is expected to be of particular benefit to supreme audit institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, where need for capacity building is high.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) improved audit and oversight of governments by supreme audit institutions in developing countries; and (2) improved effective public communication of audit results and collaboration with key stakeholders to encourage follow-up on recommendations by supreme audit institutions.

Results achieved 

Results achieved at the end of the project (in March 2020) include: (1) supported 62 supreme audit institutions (SAIs) in implementing the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAI); this included conducting compliance assessments, developing implementation strategies, undertaking ISSAI-based financial audits, undertaking performance audits on poverty alleviation and disaster management and conducting quality assurance reviews of audits; (2) trained 126 staff members from 46 SAIs in assessing SAI implementation of SAI codes of ethics; each SAI now has the responsibility to make sure that all its auditors familiarize themselves with the values and principles contained in the national SAI code of ethics and act accordingly; (3) 55 SAIs submitted audit reports on the Institutional Framework for Fighting Corruption to the appropriate countries’ authorities; (4) 51 SAIs submitted audit reports on preparedness for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the appropriate countries’ authorities; (5) trained 76 SAIs in assessing their practices when engaging with stakeholders and received support to develop their stakeholder engagement and communication strategies; (6) developed and published 12 guidance notes, handbooks and compendiums on ISSAI implementation, SAI stakeholder engagement and audit preparedness for the implementation of SDGs; most of these were written in English, French, Spanish and Arabic; and (7) improved auditing and oversight of governments by SAIs in developing countries, improved effective public communication of audit results and improved collaboration with key stakeholders to encourage follow-up on recommendations by SAIs These results have contributed to improving inclusive and accountable governance in the targeted countries.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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