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Accelarated Peer-support Partnership programme (PAP-APP)

Beneficiary level: Regional
Project status: Ongoing
Duration from: 2018-01-01
Duration to: 2020-12-31

The INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI), AFROSAI-E and CREFIAF provide intensive support to a small group of highly challenged Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs). This shall enable the SAIs to operate more strategically and have effective long-term capacity development programmes. The programme is called the Accelerated Peer-Support Partnership or Partenariat d’Appui Accéléré par des Pairs in French (PAP-APP). The name highlights the peer-support and partnership emphases of the programme.
Nine SAIs in Africa are partners of the programme. These are the SAIs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Madagascar, Guinea, Togo and Niger (French speaking, CREFIAF members), and Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Gambia (English speaking, AFROSAI-E members).
These nine SAIs have been selected by the INTOSAI-Donor Steering Committee to be a part of the Global Call for Proposals Tier 2. The Global Call for Proposals (GCP) is a mechanism seeking to match SAI capacity development proposals with donor or INTOSAI funding. It aims to empower SAIs in developing countries to drive forward their capacity and performance by ensuring proposals for capacity development are SAI-led and aligned with the SAI’s strategic plans. The 2nd tier of the Global Call for Proposal is a call for more effective action by the INTOSAI and Donor community to address particular needs of challenged SAIs. Against this backdrop and given the respective and complementary roles of AFROSAI-E, CREFIAF and IDI, the three organisations established the PAP-APP programme in early 2018.  
For 2018-2020 the programme is supported financially by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iceland and the IDI basket funds. In-kind contribution is also provided by AFROSAI-E and CREFIAF, as well as the SAIs of Gabon, Ghana, Namibia, Norway, Senegal and Sweden.
Programme objective
The programme’s overall objective is to empower Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in politically unstable and challenging environments to enhance their capacity and to improve their performance, to be able to make a difference to the lives of the citizens in their countries in line with International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions number 12:
• Strengthening the accountability, transparency and integrity of government and public sector entities
• Demonstrating ongoing relevance to citizens, Parliament and other stakeholders
• Being a model organisation through leading by example
The support provided to the targeted SAIs is expected to address all main challenges of the SAI. There shall be a high focus on delivery of support through long term partnerships between the targeted SAI, donors and providers of support from the community of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI). Worldwide experiences of SAI capacity development show that peer-to-peer cooperation can both ensure highly qualified and relevant advices, as well as ensure a trustful and sustainable relationship between SAI employees and advisors.
Expected results
The Programme is planned for 2 phases:
• A Phase 1 of 2 years to assist the SAIs to clarify strategic priorities and operational plans, and establish long-term project proposals.
• A Phase 2 of several years with support to implementation of project proposals developed in Phase 1.
The expected results for Phase 1 in 2018-20 are planned as follows:
1. Strengthened SAIs strategic management
a. By end of 2019 5 SAIs have strategic plans developed based on needs assessments and containing core elements for effective performance of the SAI.
b. By end of 2019 7 SAIs have new or updated operational plans developed with a clear performance and results orientation, especially an indication of the number of audits to be carried out.
2. SAIs have sufficient, effective and coordinated external support
a. 7 SAIs have comprehensive plans for external financial and technical support to strategic plan implementation developed. The plans show priority projects and contain specific project proposals.
b. SAIs have dedicated staff and responsibility for coordination of external support
c. 5 SAIs have established funding and cooperation agreements starting in 2020 to meet the needs of the Strategic plan implementation document.
3. SAIs lead by example in the areas of gender, inclusion and diversity
a. 7 SAIs have considered gender, inclusion and diversity in their strategic and operational plans.
The programme is expected to involve a large part of SAI staff in the activities to ensure commitment to change and strategic priorities. More than 1,000 SAI staff may directly benefit from the programme.

SAIs connected to this project

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Eritrea
  • Guinea
  • Madagascar
  • Niger
  • Sierra Leone
  • The Gambia
  • Togo
  • Zimbabwe
How the project was initiated
Global Call 2017
Gender Relevance
Has the project/activity as an objective “the strengthening of the SAI Institutional Framework/ Independence”?
Contact person: Beneficiary SAI/Region/Committee
AFROSAI-E: Executive Office Wynand Wentzel, CREFIAF: Executive Office el Hadj Hassan,
Source of funding
Government of Austria, IDI basket funds, UK Department of International Development, Government of France
Other Source of funding
MFA Iceland, SAI Qatar
Contact person: Provider of support
a. ADA: Christina Todeschini - b. MFA Iceland: Sara Ögmundsdóttir, c. MEFA France: Léna BONNEMAINS, DFID: Mirza Jahani,
Implementing agency(s)
INTOSAI Development Initiative, IDI. AFROSAI-E Secretariat, CREFIAF Secretariat
Contact person: Implementing partner(s)
IDI: Jostein Furelid Tellnes <> / CREFIAF: Mr Hassan / AFROSAI-E: Ms. Meisie Nkau Kerry Crawford <> /
Type of support
Stand alone project
Support modality
Peer to Peer support
Support categories covered
Organisational capacity, External Stakeholder Relations
Is support based on beneficiary SAI/INTOSAI region Strategic Plan?
Link to related projects/programs
No related projects/programs
Any other information

Funding and provision of resources for the programme is provided by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), MFA Iceland, MEFA France, DFID, SAI Qatar, IDI basket funding (OAG Norway, SIDA Sweden and MFA Finland), CREFIAF in-kind contribution, AFROSAI-E in-kind contribution and peer-partner SAIs’ in-kind contribution.