Representatives of IDI, AFROSAI-E, and CREFIAF signing the PAP-APP agreement in Pretoria, establishing a partnership to contribute to the greater performance of the most challenged SAIs.
IDI, AFROSAI-E and CREFIAF have established a partnership to support the SAIs included in the Global Call for Proposals Tier 2. Intensive support is provided to enable the SAIs to establish long-term strategic capacity development programs. The programme is called the Accelerated Peer-Support Partnership or Partenariat Accéléré pour l'Appui des Pairs in French (PAP-APP). The name highlights the peer-support and partnership emphases of the programme. Accelerated highlights the special, more intensive nature of the support. Funding is provided by the Austrian Development Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iceland.
The Global Call for Proposals (GCP) is a mechanism seeking to match SAI capacity development proposals with donor or INTOSAI funding. It aims to empower SAIs in developing countries to drive forward their capacity and performance by ensuring proposals for capacity development are SAI-led and aligned with the SAI’s strategic plans. GCP is under the INTOSAI-Donor Steering Committee.
The GCP has two tiers, where most SAIs are in tier 1. These SAIs are expected to develop project proposals largely by themselves. The 2nd Tier of the GCP involves more intensive support to a small group of the most challenged SAIs that struggle with developing strategic capacity development programs, particularly SAIs in politically unstable or fragile and conflict environments.
The overarching purpose of the implementation of the GCP is the sustainable improvement in SAI performance. With improved capacity and performance, the SAIs are expected to contribute to greater accountability, transparency and governance in their countries, and ultimately make a difference in the lives of citizens.
Worldwide experiences of SAI capacity development show that peer-to-peer cooperation can both ensure highly qualified and relevant advice, as well as ensure a trustful and sustainable relationship between SAI employees and advisors. The INTOSAI community organizations, the IDI, AFROSAI-E and CREFIAF, have collectively wide experience and access to resources in almost all areas of SAI development. The organizations also have previous experience of working with the selected SAIs, as well as ongoing initiatives with some of these SAIs.
Against this backdrop and given the respective and complementary roles of AFROSAI-E, CREFIAF and IDI, the three organizations have decided to join forces and create synergies in a common programme for supporting the SAIs.
In January 2018, the IDI, AFROSAI-E and CREFIAF agreed on a MoU for five years (2018-2023) to work collectively with the SAIs. A partnership agreement was also agreed, which establishes a joint programme, a result framework and the main steering mechanisms for 2018 and 2019.
The Programme document outlines how the support is to be provided to the SAIs, including long-term targets, principles of engagement, implementation strategy, budget overview and staffing. The programme document serves as a joint document for both the partners and the financial donor(s) to the programme.
The programme’s overall objective is to empower Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in politically unstable and challenging environments 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 International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions number 12:
• Strengthening the accountability, transparency and integrity of government and public sector entities
• Demonstrating ongoing relevance to citizens, Parliament and other stakeholders
• Being a model organisation through leading by example
The support provided to the targeted SAIs is expected to address all main challenges of the SAI. There shall be a high focus on delivery of support through long-term partnerships between the targeted SAI, donors and providers of support from the community of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI). Worldwide experiences of SAI capacity development show that peer-to-peer cooperation can both ensure highly qualified and relevant advice, as well as ensure a trustful and sustainable relationship between SAI employees and advisors.
The Programme is planned for two phases:
The expected results for Phase 1 in 2018-19 are planned as follows:
Nine SAIs are partners and beneficiary intuitions of the programme as they have been selected for the Global Call for Proposals Tier 2. These SAIs are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Madagascar, Guinea-Conakry, Togo and Niger (French-speaking, CREFIAF members), and Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and The Gambia (English speaking, AFROSAI-E members).
The focus of Phase 1 of two years is to clarify strategic priorities and operational plans and establish long-term project proposals for all SAIs. The support to the Tier 2 SAIs is planned with different tracks as the SAIs have a different starting point.
Generally, the activities are to assist each SAI to:
The Accelerated Peer-Support Partnership (PAP-APP) is supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iceland.