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Global SAI Accountability Initative “GSAI”

The Global SAI Accountability Initiative, known as GSAI, was designed to target a smaller group of the most challenged SAIs. The SAIs selected for this initiative often operate in environments that face serious political, economic, and/or social challenges, and are therefore most in need of scaled-up and strengthened support. A specialized committee oversees the GSAI approach and identifies a list of the most challenged SAIs globally to be targeted in rounds. The committee has members from the donor community but takes advice from the INTOSAI regions and relevant INTOSAI bodies. 

The GSAI considers SAIs from around the world, with the ultimate goal of targeting a small group, identified as especially challenged, for each round. The challenged SAIs in the first target group were defined based on several factors, including but not limited to: 

  • Being located in a country classified as a least developed country, other low income or lower-middle-income country on the OECD DAC list of ODA recipients
  • Being located in a country designated as fragile according to the World Bank’s harmonized list of fragile situations
  • Being located in a country which scoring in the two lowest quartiles of the Transparency International corruption perception index, or with no score available (no CPI data available)
  • SAIs which have weak or medium overall performance, or with no performance data available (based on PEFA and OBI data)

SAIs identified as candidates for the initiative are contacted by the committee and invited to apply for the initiative by filling in an application form, which formed the basis for potential providers of support to evaluate whether they are interested in supporting the SAI. 

The support provided to the targeted SAIs is geared around the whole strategic management cycle and ensures adherence to the principles of the IDC MoU. The GSAI has a high focus on the delivery of support through long term partnerships between the targeted SAI, the donor(s), and providers of support from the INTOSAI community. The approach seeks to utilize the resources from the different actors in the best possible way to increase the likelihood of success in their efforts to strengthen the capacity of these most challenged SAIs. Individual project groups will be established to develop and implement sound capacity development projects for targeted SAIs, consisting of the SAI itself and interested providers of support (e.g. donor organisations, INTOSAI regions and other INTOSAI bodies, peer SAIs).

GSAI Committee

The Committee that oversaw the first round of GCP Tier 2 was composed of donors Austria, EC, Irish Aid and Norad, with SAI France and SAI South Africa representing INTOSAI. 

This committee was very active in the initial stages of the GCP T2 strategy and was integral in conducting background work on the eligible countries and selecting the final countries for Tier 2. It currently meets upon request if there are critical issues re the Tier Countries’ participation. 

The Committee managing the next round – GSAI – is composed by the donors EC, USAID, NORAD, World Bank and IADB, INTOSAI Bodies and Regions IDI, CBC, CAROSAI, CREFIAF, AFROSAI-E, OLACEFS, ARABOSAI, SAI USA and SAI India. The regional bodies are observers.

From 2021,
the GSAI committee worked together to identify SAI candidates, develop the ToRs for the initiative, find potential donors and technical providers and recommend (or not) the launch of the GSAI to the Steering Committee for approval.

With GSAI approved, eight SAIs from different INTOSAI regions – Belize, Benin, Dominica, Haiti, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon and Tajikistan – have been selected in 2022 to receive and lead sustainable capacity-building support. This is tailored to their specific needs and considers the challenging contexts in which they operate. 

For more information about GSAI, please email gsai@idi.no or contact Marcela Hommefoss.