INTOSAI Development Initiative30 July 2012, Geneva, Switzerland - UNITAR and the INTOSAI* Development Initiative (IDI) signed a multi-year agreement to support the global initiative to implement the International Standards for Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs) in developing countries’ Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs). This ISSAI Implementation Initiative (called 3i Programme) is spearheaded by IDI and funded by the World Bank. Its objective is to prioritize the implementation of the ISSAI framework which was adopted by the INTOSAI congress.

The ISSAI global framework endeavours to strengthen the global public sector audit profession and provide a benchmark for public sector auditing, measure the SAIs performance against the ISSAIs and implement the ISSAIs in accordance with the mandate and national regulations of the respective SAIs.

The main objective of the partnership is primarily to build capacity development by training 180 English-speaking auditors/specialists from 87 countries across five English-speaking regional audit organizations namely AFROSAI-E*, ASOSAI*, CAROSAI*, EUROSAI* and PASAI*. This will enable them to conduct ISSAI-compliant assessment in three audit areas namely Performance Audit, Financial Audit, and Compliance Audit.

The partnership will also roll-out similar activities for other non-English speaking regional Supreme Audit Institutions from 2013 to 2014.

UNITAR's tested and cost effective e-Learning methodology will be incorporated in the course design and implementation. In addition, each participant will be assigned to a specific international mentor to ensure that the audit assessment tools and pedagogical elements are used to its full potential. The courses will also explore implementation challenges and ways forward. 

IDI and UNITAR already have several years of successful partnership around delivering results-based, demand-driven capacity development activities through online and blended online/face-to-face courses. Over the past four years, the partnership has trained 176 audit professionals from 50 countries.


* INTOSAI - The International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions
* AFROSAI-E - African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions in English-speaking Africa
* ASOSAI - Asian Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions
* CAROSAI - Caribbean Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions
* EUROSAI - European Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions
* PASAI - Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions

For more information:
About IDI
About UNITAR’s Public Finance and Trade Programme