SAI Independence Resource Centre
The SAI Independence Resource Centre (SIRC) is an online knowledge hub which provides guidance and materials for SAI staff, development partners, and civil society organizations to advocate for SAI independence in the country where they operate.
The SIRC will launch in October/November 2020. Links and updates for the SIRC will be provided here and via IDI social media.
Supreme audit institutions, or SAIs, play an important role in establishing transparency and accountability in public financial management. In order to fulfil this role, however, SAIs must be independent institutions. This means that SAIs are able to allocate their own resources, determine their own auditing agenda, and publish and share their findings freely.
The unfortunate reality is that many SAIs around the world struggle to gain and maintain this independence. From excessive executive interference to funding limitations and publishing restrictions, there remain a myriad of challenges to SAI independence. If SAIs are to effectively carry out their duty to the government and citizens, then these challenges must be addressed and SAI independence must become a global norm.
The benefits of SAIs extend far beyond the local government. Citizens, civil society activities, foreign investors, and international donors can all use the work of audit institutions to improve transparency, identify cases of waste or fraud, and increase government accountability. It is therefore in everyone's interest to promote and protect the independence of SAIs.
The SIRC will serve as an information portal on this important topic, providing all interested parties with the resources you need to advocate for SAI independence. Here you will be able to find information, publications, supporting documents, and talking points that can help you engage with relevant stakeholders on the topic of SAI independence.
The SIRC will be run as part of the Independent SAIs work stream at the INTOSAI Development Initiative, which seeks to advocate for SAI independence and to support SAIs currently facing challenges to their independence.