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Feature image: Strengthening SAI Independence in the Pacific
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Strengthening SAI Independence in the Pacific

Pacific Island Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), many of which are very small in comparison with SAIs in other regions, face an array of challenges. These range from issues related to serving small populations, like a high risk of perceived conflicts of interest and difficulty recruiting and retaining qualified staff, to grave threats like the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. Given these challenges, it can be tempting for SAIs in the Pacific Association of SAIs (PASAI) region to...

Supreme Audit Institutions and the Sustainable Development Goals: Charting the Best Path Forward
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Supreme Audit Institutions and the Sustainable Development Goals: Charting the Best Path Forward

Four years ago, 193 nations of the United Nations General Assembly put pen to paper and agreed to sign on to implement 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They were ambitious goals, targeted for 2030 and envisioned, among other things, ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests. But for goals to be met, action must follow. How does a country chart its progress? How can citizens be sure a nation’s government follows through on these commitments...

Turning a Bad News Headline Into a Good News Story
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Turning a Bad News Headline Into a Good News Story

It was the type of newspaper coverage most Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) would dread. “Unaudited Accounts Cause Issues,” declared a September 2018 Cook Island News headline. The article, which went on to detail how the Cook Islands has a backlog of unaudited public accounts...

PASAI Congress Embraces Digital Demands and Change
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PASAI Congress Embraces Digital Demands and Change

The digital age is upon us. It has been called the greatest information revolution since the advent of the printing press. But, how can Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) adapt? Organizers of the 21st Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) Congress held in August in Queensland, Australia, recognized this challenge—for every sector of society, including every SAI...

Regional Support Helps Nauru Close Audit Gap
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Regional Support Helps Nauru Close Audit Gap

Through the work of the Nauru Department of Audit, the Government of Nauru has reached an historical milestone—the Public Accounts for 2013-2014 was tabled during a Parliamentary session earlier this year—the first time following a 15-year backlog. Despite the challenges associated with minimal staff, Nauru's Department of Audit has also managed to...