IDI is making progress with the implementation of the “SAI Fighting Corruption Programme” in OLACEFS, designed to strengthen the capacities of SAIs to fight corruption in their countries.
As part of this endeavor, during the week starting October 15, specialists from the SAIs of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay met in the offices of the National Audit Office in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to work on adapting the components “Framework for the Prevention of Corruption” and the “Implementation of International Standard ISSAI 30 (Code of Ethics)”, for the context of of this project.
The first component will involve developing a cooperative audit on the government’s framework to prevent corruption, while the second component will seek to strengthen the ethical oversight system of SAIs through an action plan to align it with the values and principles of ISSAI 30. The implementation of both components will be preceded by respective virtual courses, also subject to adaptation at this meeting.
Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16) identifies the relationship that exists between corruption and peaceful, just societies with strong institutions, especially through its target 5 “To substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms” (SDG 16.5), as it is estimated that corruption, bribery, theft and tax evasion cost around US$ 1.26 billion for developing countries per year. In line with with the above, it is also recognized that strengthening countries’ institutions and transparency are not only valuable aspirations in themselves, but are also vital conditions to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The “SAI Fighting Corruption Programme” will help achieve SDGs by providing SAIs with more tools to boost anti-corruption efforts in their countries and throughout the world. IDI expects a significant number of OLACEFS SAIs to be involved in the programme, which will be held before the end of 2018.
For more information on the “SAI Fighting Corruption Programme”, please follow this link to our website.