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Government Auditors Beginning to Engage Citizens, but Must Do More

Posted date: 
Wed, 11/06/2013
Source of the information: 
International Budget Partnership

At the 2013 Open Government Partnership Summit I attended a very interesting session on how supreme audit institutions (SAIs) can engage with citizens and other actors more meaningfully and successfully. Speakers were drawn from the SAIs of Brazil, India, the Philippines, and South Africa, and from civil society groups in Argentina (representing a Latin American network) and Montenegro. Two ongoing comparative studies provided some of the background material: one by the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre in Norway, and the other by the OECD’s Effective Institutions Platform (soon to be published).

Some exciting examples were presented of SAIs taking action to inform and engage with citizens and civil society groups around the audit process. The SAI in the Philippines started working with citizens in flood-affected areas to audit public projects intended to respond to the floods. The Brazilian Audit Court put in place expert panels to understand better how to engage with different groups of stakeholders, and the Auditor General’s office in India started publishing short and accessible summaries of audit reports to ensure that non-technical audiences could understand audit findings.(...)