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Tier 2: Targeted Support for Challenged SAIs

The GCP Tier 2 was designed to target a smaller group of the most challenged SAIs. The SAIs selected for these programme 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 donor committee was established by the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation with the specific task of overseeing the GCP Tier 2 approach and identifying a list of the most challenged SAIs globally to be targeted. The committee has members from the donor community, but takes advice from the INTOSAI regions and relevant INTOSAI bodies.

The Tier 2 programme considers SAIs from around the world, with the ultimate goal of targeting a group of 10-20 SAIs which are identified as especially challenged. 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 that were identified as candidates for the Tier 2 programme were contacted by the committee, which inquired if the SAI was interested in being part of Tier 2. Interested SAIs were then asked to fill 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 in Tier 2 is geared around the whole strategic management cycle, and ensures adherence to the principles of the IDC MoU. Tier 2 has high focus on 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).

Tier 2 Committee

The initial composition of the GCP Tier 2 Committee is as follows:

  • Donors: Austria, EC, Irish Aid, Norway
  • INTOSAI: SAI France, SAI South Africa

Membership of the Committee will be kept open should further suitable organisations express an interest to join

Current Tier 2 Programme

The first and current round of the Tier 2 programme focuses on nine of the most challenged SAIs in the world: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, The Gambia, Guinea, Madagascar, Niger, Sierra Leone, Togo and Zimbabwe.

Three INTOSAI organizations – AFROSAI-E, CREFIAF, and the INTOSAI Development Initiative, joined together to help these nine SAIs by signing a five-year memorandum of understanding. The thee organizations established a joint programme, known as PAP-APP (Partenariat Accéléré pour l’Appui des Pairs in French and Accelerated Peer-Support Partnership in English). PAP-APP is funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iceland, and seeks to work with each of the challenged SAIs over several years to help them strengthen strategic management systems and better coordinate external support.

The INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation spent the spring and summer of 2018 working with each of the nine SAIs to help them establish a project support groups in every country. These groups seek to include all relevant stakeholders in the country, including the local offices for international donors, SAI leadership, and members of the PAP-APP team. The goal of these groups is to ensure the support provided to the challenged SAI follows the MoU principles of being SAI-led, harmonized behind a SAI’s strategic plan, and coordinated among the various actors.

On 21 September 2018 a series of cooperation agreements were signed between PAP-APP and three of the Tier 2 SAIs: Eritrea, The Gambia and Zimbabwe. Each agreement has a slightly different focus, reflecting the unique needs of each SAI. For SAI Eritrea, the focus of the collaboration will be on finalizing and launching a new strategic plan. Work with SAI The Gambia will involve developing a new strategic plan based on a need assessment and stakeholder consultations, followed by the implementation of a new operational planning process and the strengthening of monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems. The agreement with SAI Zimbabwe will begin with a mid-term review of their current strategic plan, which will inform the subsequent updating of the operational plan and the development of relevant project proposals for long-term capacity development support.

Another signing ceremony with several more participating SAIs is planned for October 2018 in Yaoundé.

For more information and the latest news on the PAP-APP programme, please visit the PAP-APP page on the IDI website.