Why Supreme Audit Institutions as National Actors Are Essential for Global Governance

Workshop Session 2
October 7, 11:45 – 13:15, Venue: Neue Mälzerei/Kuppelsaal Süd
Language: English


Katharina Noussi, Technical Advisor, Regional Programme “Good Financial Governance in Africa (GFG)”, Cameroon

Barbara Dutzler, Project Manager, Head of project “Strengthening PFEM”, Malawi

Reinhard Engl, Technical Advisor, “Support to Fiscal Policy Reform”, El Salvador


Annette Mummert, Senior Sector Planning Expert Accountability



Andreas Proksch, GIZ Head of Department Global and Sector Programmes

Gijs de Vries, Senior international expert, Mr. de Vries has been Vice-President of the Netherlands Court of Audit, member of the European Union’s Court of Audit, and Chairman of the INTOSAI Working Group on accountability for and audit of disaster-related aid. He is a former member of the Dutch Government and the European Parliament.


Meike Pätzold, Moderator and international expert with work experience in INTOSAI and GIZ

Regional level

GIZ Sector Networks REDLAC and GGA


Will provide case studies of regional collaboration and its impact on global/national levels

National level

GIZ bilateral projects: Will highlight impact of effective SAI-Parliament cooperation on quality of public spending

GIZ Hierarchy (tbc)

Will help to develop recommendations for work of GIZ

This workshop will discuss what Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) can contribute to Sustainable Development. SAIs can assess compliance with international agreements and performance of public management practices within and beyond the nation state. They promote efficient, accountable, effective and transparent public administration and governance relevant for achieving nationally and internationally agreed development goals.

Global Agreements
Many increasingly important development issues such as resource extraction, climate change, disease epidemics, terrorism, migration, cannot be dealt with at a national level alone. Besides global commitment (SDGs), they require international and regional legal frameworks and governance structures as well as technical expertise. The effective implementation is however often hampered by diluted and unclear responsibilities between the different layers of governance, ineffective steering and insufficient capacities at national level.

Regional collaboration
Peer learning activities as organised by GIZ in collaboration with INTOSAI’s working groups and regional organisations are an effective way of capacity development and prepares SAIs to audit increasingly complex topics such as resource governance. Bilateral GIZ projects under the GGA framework will present their cooperation aimed at ensuring continued work on bilateral level to utilise the knowledge gained through regional learning. Examples of cooperative audits, associating several SAIs, will show how national SAIs have assessed the performance of multi-level governance frameworks and found solutions for cross-border policy issues in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

National oversight
Global agreements and regional collaboration remain fruitless if audit recommendations are not transformed into national governance decisions. GIZ projects will showcase innovative best practices from three continents on how parliaments and SAIs can collaborate to improve the quality of public spending.

Relevance and Opportunities
Effective oversight of the action and inaction of public administration at various governance levels (int., regional, national, subnational) is crucial for the realisation of the SDGs. The workshop highlights the relevance of SAIs’ audit reports for any GIZ project. The participants will be able to identify synergies and develop policy recommendations. The workshop will also contribute to GIZ’s understanding of how to offer individual and context specific solutions to partner SAIs that enable them to answer global challenges.

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