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IDI has launched a new bilateral policy

10 April 2017

How can we ensure the most challenged SAIs enhance their performance? This has been the starting point for the development of IDI’s new bilateral policy. While a large majority of SAIs in developing countries successfully participate in the regional and global IDI programmes, a substantial number of SAIs require more extensive support to sustainably develop their capacity and performance

The objective of IDI’s bilateral support is to ensure that the most challenged SAIs with substantial needs for capacity development are assisted and are improving their performance. SAIs with substantial needs for support are commonly in fragile states, but also in other particularly challenged countries.

The policy describes when and how IDI should deliver bilateral support. IDI may provide different types of bilateral support. The role IDI will take depends on the needs of the SAI, the country context and to what extent other providers are available, as well capacity and resources available within the IDI. The IDI Board will make the strategic decision on the volume of bilateral work as well as the types of bilateral support to be provided by the IDI. The identified potential roles for IDI’s bilateral support are:

- Broker role – short term: Support SAIs in managing their capacity development, and prepare the way for additional support.

- Capacity maintenance and lifeline support – short and medium term: IDI provides support on a limited scale to SAIs operating in particularly unstable and unpromising environments as a means of maintaining competence within the SAI until the situation improves.

- Specialized capacity development provider – short and medium term: This IDI supports the implementation of specific strategic priorities of the SAI where IDI has comparative competencies, typically in areas where IDI has carried out a regional or global programme.

Figur 1 Illustration of step-wise application of roles
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For IDI to consider bilateral support, it should be needs based and the SAI should request the support, either through the Global Call for Proposals or directly to the IDI. IDI will assess all forms of requests or options for bilateral support using a uniform set of conditions:


1. The SAI has major challenges and there is a need for bilateral support in areas where IDI has competencies and comparative advantages
2. The SAI does not receive extensive support and there are no other INTOSAI/SAI community providers able to deliver the support needed
3. IDI has the capacity to provide support and proper working arrangements can be established
4. The SAI demonstrates a willingness and continued commitment to strengthen its performance and operate according to the principles of transparency and accountability

For more info, see the pdf bilateral policy document (1.15 MB)  or the IDI webpage for the bilateral support programme.