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OAG Somalia Peer Support Project 2023-2024 – IDI and AFROSAI-E

Beneficiary level: Country
Project status: Ongoing
Duration from: 2023-01-01
Duration to: 2024-12-31
Total budget (US Dollar): $349000
DAC Income classification: Least Developed Countries

IDI in partnership with AFROSAI-E supports the Office of the Auditor General of Somalia (OAGS) to implement key strategic priorities. This includes support to ongoing audits, stronger internal governance, HR-management, professional development, stakeholder engagement and communication and general coordination with partners. Funding is provided by the Norwegian government. 

Over the last five years OAGS has demonstrated its commitment to play a strong role in enhancing public financial management in Somalia. The OAGS has submitted audit reports to the Parliament using internationally recognized standards, and these reports have got wide attention. The OAGS has also implemented several key strategic priorities set for 2017 – 2020 and 2021 – 2022 strategic plan, such as developing a new legal framework (not yet enacted), strengthened its internal governance systems and HR-management.

The OAGS has developed a strategic plan for 2023-2027 and requested the continuation of extensive peer support for this period. This strategic plan highlights 11 key strategic outputs or main deliverables which are assumed critical for OAGS to have an impact. This includes high-quality annual financial audits delivered on time for all MDAs, high-quality compliance audits delivered annually on major cross-cutting compliance challenges in the MDAs, such as compliance with the procurement regulations and regular and timely interaction with the stakeholders on the audit findings, recommendations, and emerging issues, among others. To successfully implement the strategic plan, external financial and technical support have been requested by OAGS. The Norwegian embassy has provided funding to IDI to cover project costs for 2021-2025.

The overall objective of the OAGS Peer-support Project 2023 – 2024 is to “Enable OAGS to achieve its planned strategic outputs related to core audits and stakeholder engagement for the period 2023-2024.” The six strategic outputs supported by the project include:

  • High-quality financial audits delivered on time and for all MDAs
  • High-quality compliance audits delivered annually on major compliance challenges
  • High-quality forensic audits delivered on main issues fraud, waste and abuse related to the use of public funds.
  • OAGS audit results are shared widely in public and there is regular interaction with citizens to increase visibility and for selecting the right audits and controls
  • Regular and timely interaction with the Executive on the audit findings, recommendations, and emerging issues
  • Regular and timely interaction with the Parliament on audit scrutiny and follow-up

The delivery of these strategic outputs is expected to enable achievement of the strategic outcomes of OAGS, especially the Parliament playing an active role in follow-up of audit recommendations and improved implementation of audit recommendation by the executive.

The overall objective is related to the OAGS mission which sums up the link between the strategic outputs, strategic outcomes and intended impact: “To conduct and produce high quality audit reports and recommendations to the parliament and president in order to enhance transparency and accountability of the Federal Government of Somalia for the benefit of Somali citizens”.

The focus on strategic outputs is based on the result-oriented approach of the OAGS strategic plan for 2023-2027. For the project, this focus on outputs involves prioritizing capacity development support in areas that are critical for delivery of the outputs targeted in the project.

The peer support project will provide support to enable OAGS meet the capacity needs to achieve the strategic output. Please see the Cooperation agreement for the expected results and roles of the partners.

To ensure robust and relevant support for all the six strategic output of OAGS, multiple mechanisms of support are needed in addition to the peer support project

The World Bank, other donors, and  some selected SAIs are also partners of OAGS. IDI seeks to have an advisory role for the effectiveness of external support and be the responsible provider of peer-support in cooperation with AFROSAI-E.

SAIs connected to this project

  • Somalia
How the project was initiated
Request by SAI
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
Director of Planning Mr. Mukhtar Abubakar, OAG Somalia
Source of funding
Government of Norway, IDI basket funds
Other Source of funding
Contact person: Provider of support
Manager Bilateral Support, Mr. Muhammad Wahyudi, IDI
Implementing agency(s)
Contact person: Implementing partner(s)
Wynand Wentzel, Executive Officer, AFROSAI-E
Type of support
Stand alone project
Support modality
Peer to Peer support
Support categories covered
Institutional capacity – SAI Independence, Institutional gender capacity, Organisational capacity, Financial audit, Compliance Audit, Other Specialized Audits, External Stakeholder Relations, Other form of support
Is support based on beneficiary SAI/INTOSAI region Strategic Plan?
Any other information
As the funding agreement pertains to support main activities for the period spanning 2022 to 2024, this cooperation agreement is for the period from 2023 to 2024. With good progress and new funding, the partners intend to prolong the cooperation for the full strategic planning period up to 2027.