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IDI / Bilateral Support

Beneficiary level: Country
Project status: Ongoing
Duration from: 2019-01-01
Duration to: 2023-12-31
Total budget (US Dollar): $6242243

IDI’s objective with bilateral support is to ensure that the most challenged SAIs are assisted and are improving their performance. Key characteristics of IDI`s bilateral support are: a focus on the impact on citizens, customised advice, involvement of a majority of SAI staff, in-country activities, a dedicated and multiyear peer-team and flexibility. While a large majority of SAIs in developing countries successfully participate in regional and global IDI initiatives, several SAIs require more extensive support to sustainably develop their capacity and performance.
Bilateral support covers a portfolio of customized agreements with selected country SAIs.
1- Support to the Office of the Auditor General of the Federal Republic of Somalia.
IDI is together with AFROSAI-E and peer-partners from SAI Botswana, Ethiopia and Uganda supporting the Office of the Auditor General of the Federal Republic of Somalia (OAGS) to implement strategic priorities for auditing, internal governance and independence.
The overall objective is to enable OAGS to implement the six Goals detailed in the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan, with emphasis on the following goals:
– Goal 1: Timely, relevant and high-quality audit reports in line with international standards
– Goal 2: Strengthening Internal Governance for Efficient and Effective Audit Services
– Goal 6: Amend the old legal framework OAGS currently operates under
2- Support to the National Audit Chamber of South Sudan.
The IDI, AFROSAI-E and SAI Kenya have been cooperating closely since 2017 to support National Audit Chamber of South Sudan (NAC). From 2017 to 2019, the objective of the bilateral support was to “maintain and strengthen key audit-related capacities in NAC, to prepare it to play a strong role in the reform efforts of the Government of South Sudan.” With the new peace agreement in 2018 and a new strategic plan, the partners have agreed on a new project starting in 2020. The overall objective is to enable the SAI to successfully implement its strategic plan.
The overall implementation strategy is to organise the project in alignment with the SAI’s strategic plan and priorities. This means the project components are the SAI’s own strategic outputs and focus areas, supplemented by a project management component:
1. NAC strategic outputs (audit reports and stakeholder events)
2. Strengthen NAC independence
3. Enhance the quality and impact of audit services
4. Strengthen internal governance system and structures
5. Human resources developed, and staff welfare improved
6. Strengthen advocacy and stakeholder engagement
7. Project management and coordination of other partners and projects
3- Accelerated Peer-Support Partnership (PAP-APP)
The PAP-APP programme is a an INTOSAI response to the Global Call for Proposals Tier 2, a mechanism seeking to match SAI capacity development proposals with funding and technical support. After a selection process led by the INTOSAI-Donor Steering Committee, nine SAIs were invited to join this initiative: the SAIs of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Guinea, Togo, Niger, Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, and Gambia. A partnership was then established by IDI, AFROSAI-E and CREFIAF to support these SAIs, 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.
The purpose of the partnership is to empower particularly challenged SAIs in urgent need of support and development 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 ISSAI 12. The programme is organized in two phases.
Phase 1, which will close in the course of 2020 with a few targeted activities and an independent evaluation, has focused on supporting the SAIs to clarify strategic priorities, strengthen strategic management systems, and establish long-term and scaled-up capacity development support. In Phase 2 we expect various projects to be established where other partners than IDI, CREFIAF and AFROSAI-E play a key role in supporting the SAIs to implement their strategic plans. For SAIs that can not be supported by other peers and where funding is available, the PAP-APP partners intend to continue the support to these SAIs. Then the PAP-APP partners would leverage on the trust and understanding built during Phase 1, and the general competencies and comparative advantages of IDI, AFROSAI-E and CREFIAF as providers of support. Partnerships with peer-SAIs will still be sought in the delivery of support. IDI is preparing to take responsibility for 2-4 projects depending on what other INTOSAI providers can do, requests of the SAIs and funding. Similarly, AFROSAI-E and CREFIAF intend to offer being the lead provider for some of the other SAIs.

SAIs connected to this project

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Eritrea
  • Guinea
  • Madagascar
  • Niger
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • The Gambia
  • Togo
  • Zimbabwe
How the project was initiated
Initiative of the provider of support
Gender Relevance
Significant (marked 1)
Has the project/activity as an objective “the strengthening of the SAI Institutional Framework/ Independence”?
Significant objective
Contact person: Beneficiary SAI/Region/Committee
Source of funding
European Commission, Government of Austria, Government of Ireland, Government of Norway, Government of Sweden, UK Department of International Development
Other Source of funding
Contact person: Provider of support
Implementing agency(s)
Contact person: Implementing partner(s)
Jostein f. Tellnes - IDI - [email protected]
Type of support
Stand alone project
Support modality
Monetary - Grant
Support categories covered
Is support based on beneficiary SAI/INTOSAI region Strategic Plan?
Any other information