The integrity self-assessment tool IntoSAINT is an instrument that allows Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) to carry out risk analysis focused on integrity and assess the maturity level of their internal integrity oversight systems. The tool helps identify measures aimed at strengthening the management of institutional integrity, thereby enhancing institutional capacities and good governance.
This initiative facilitates compliance with ISSAI 30: Code of Ethics, as well as institutional codes of ethics which establish minimum standards for ethical and morally acceptable behavior for every public official, primarily those working in audit bodies. It also encourages auditing organizations to lead by example, as stipulated in ISSAI 20: Principles of Transparency and Accountability, as well as contributing to the implementation of the principles of ISSAI 12: The Value and Benefits of Supreme Audit Institutions – making a difference to the ives of citizens.
The importance of IntoSAINT is such that the INTOSAI Strategic Plan 2017-2022 presents it as a capacity-building tool for SAIs. The Performance Measurement Framework (SAI PMF), meanwhile, includes the implementation of IntoSAINT amongst its indicators to assess SAI performance.
The tool was originally conceived as
“SAINT” – an acronym for “Self-Assessment of Integrity” – by the Court of Audit of the Netherlands, in collaboration with the Ministry of the Interior and the Office of Integrity of the City of Amsterdam. The initiative was created so that public sector organizations in the Netherlands could assess their vulnerability and resilience to breaches of integrity, and could improve the way they managed institutional integrity. Given its success, the Dutch Court of Audit adapted the tool to the nature, mandate and specific needs of auditing bodies. Since 2010, members of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) have had at their disposal the version known as IntoSAINT.
At the 22nd INTOSAI Congress (INCOSAI) held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in December 2016, the Superior Audit Office of the Federation of Mexico (ASF) took over the chairmanship of the IntoSAINT Project Group of the INTOSAI Capacity Building Committee(CBC, Goal 2), from the Court of Audit of the Netherlands.
This IntoSAINT Working Group has 13 members, namely the SAIs of Cameroon, Fiji, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the Philippines,South Africa and Tunisia, along with the European Court of Auditors and the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI). Currently this body aims to provide continuity for the promotion, implementation, development and ongoing improvement of the INTOSAI Integrity Model.
Given the importance of this project in the endeavor to combat corruption in the public sector worldwide, the model was adopted by INTOSAI regional organizations, including OLACEFS.
In the case of Latin America, a presentation on the benefits of IntoSAINT was made at the 22nd OLACEFS Ordinary General Assembly, held in 2012 in Gramado, Brazil. Given its contribution to good governance, the initiative was incorporated into the plan of the then Special Technical Commission on Public Ethics, Administrative Probity and Transparency (CEPAT).
With a view to fostering the implementation of the tool, CEPAT – with the support of the Court of Audit of the Netherlands, and in coordination with the then OLACEFS Regional Training Committee (CCR) – held the first regional training course for IntoSAINT moderators, the face-to-face phase of which was held in Mexico City on September 12 and 13, 2013. The course was attended by 19 OLACEFS member SAIs and 1 CAROSAI SAI. Observers from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) were also present. The course resulted in the certification of 30 OLACEFS moderators and one from CAROSAI.
The Technical Commission on Good Governance Practices (CTPBG), chaired by Argentina’s General Audit Office (AGN), has been responsible for monitoring the regional implementation of IntoSAINT since April 2014. To do this a regional implementation plan was drawn up for 2014-2015, and another one for 2016-2018. The Superior Audit of the Federation of Mexico, in coordination with the CTPBG, is responsible for the implementation of IntoSAINT from the thematic area Effective Strategies for Administrative Integrity and the Prevention of Corruption of the CTPBG.
In terms of knowledge sharing, moderators from the region shared their experiences and views of the tool following the first OLACEFS self-evaluation workshops in 2015. The title of the resulting publication translates as The Importance of Promoting Integrity in Public Sector Institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean – Perspectives, Progress and Good Practices on the Tool for the Self-Assessment of Integrity in OLACEFS. The document was presented at the 25th OLACEFS General Assembly, held in Querétaro, Mexico, in November 2015.
At the start of 2018, SAIs from the region that had used IntoSAINT and could bear witness to its value and benefits, numbered 18, namely Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
- General Audit Office of Argentina
Dr. Miriam Insausti, CTPBG liaison
Phone: (54) (11) 4124-3764
- Superior Audit Office of the Federation of Mexico
Person in charge of the implementation of the tool in the OLACEFS
Mr. Benjamín Fuentes Castro, Secretario Técnico
Phone: 01 (55) 5200-1500 ext. 13608 and 10436
Email: IntoSAINT@asf.gob.mx; PresidenciaOLACEFS@asf.gob.mx
- Into SAINT Regional Implementation Plan 2016-2018.
- Directory of OLACEFS IntoSAINT moderators.
- Publication The Importance of Promoting Integrity in Public Sector Institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean – Perspectives, Progress and Good Practices on the Tool for the Self-Assessment of Integrity in OLACEFS