A workshop on the design and conceptualization of a strategy for communication with external stakeholders was held on July 19 and 20 in Asunción, Paraguay. It was proposed by the Commission for Citizen Participation (CPC), under the presidency of the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic of the Republic of Paraguay, in the framework of activities put forward by the OLACEFS-GIZ project for strengthening external environmental oversight.

The activity aimed to conceptualize the design, development and implementation of a communications strategy focused on external stakeholders to enhance the use and dissemination of the instruments and products of the Coordinated Environmental Audits, and reinforce their promotion and positioning in the global and regional agenda.

This workshop was suggested by the CPC in the framework of the OLACEFS-GIZ project and was selected and approved from a number of proposals presented by the different OLACEFS organs in September 2017, at the meeting of the project’s executive committee prior to the XXVII OLACEFS General Assembly.

Attendees included representatives of the Brazilian office of the German Cooperation Agency, GIZ; representatives of the SAI of Chile in its capacity as OLACEFS Executive Secretariat; of the SAI of Brazil, in its role as Presidency of the Special Technical Commission for the Environment (COMTEMA) and the Capacity Building Committee (CCC); and Mariela Azofeifa, Head of the Press and Communication Unit of the SAI of Costa Rica. The initiative also saw the participation of representatives from international organizations outside OLACEFS that have experience of this subject, such as the Civil Association for Equality and Justice (ACIJ) of Argentina; the Mexican branch of the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT); and Marcos Mendiburu, an international consultant with extensive work experience in international organizations.

The event was attended virtually by the SAI of Mexico in its capacity as OLACEFS Presidency, and by Sebastián Gill, Manager of Capacity Development of the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI).

The meeting successfully fulfilled its agenda and the innovative inclusion of external actors in debates on OLACEFS projects was felt by participants to contribute to providing a broader perspective and important insight for achieving aims proposed in a project with high impact in the various areas where our regional organization interacts.