Brokering Support for SAIs: Get to Know the INTOSAI Donor Cooperation’s Brokerage Initiatives

Brokering Upscaled SAI Support (BUSS)

The BUSS initiative, launched in 2022, links available sources of support with SAI development plans by: 

  1. Proactively identifying and linking SAIs to global and regional funds and resources,
  2. Supporting SAIs in articulating their needs, and
  3. Enabling opportunities for engagement for both SAIs and partners. 

The BUSS’ overall objective is to scale-up and optimize joint efforts of INTOSAI and donor partners in enhancing the capacity and performance of SAIs in developing countries. The BUSS initiative aims to link sources of support for SAIs, while empowering SAIs to articulate their needs to funding partners based on their strategic plans. Additionally, the BUSS initiative hopes to enhance regional collaboration, and strengthen SAI governance and independence. 

In addition to actively identifying funds and/or technical support for SAIs, the BUSS program’s brokerage approach utilizes targeting regional workshops. With two workshops in different regions each year, the BUSS facilitates sessions on strategic and mutually beneficial partnerships, advocates for SAI support, and links SAIs with other oversight institutions. The workshops support the SAs in developing proposals where a potential funding source has been identified, and  facilitates discussions between donors and SAIs. 

Fig 1: BUSS Implementation Approach

To learn more about the BUSS, watch the introductory video: 

Global SAI Accountability Initiative (GSAI)

The Global SAI Accountability Initiative (GSAI), borne out of the commitment to the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development and its goal of strengthening public systems for good use of public resources, aims to mobilize effective, well-coordinated, holistic and long-term capacity development support to SAIs in challenging contexts. 

The Steering Committee of the IDC selected eight beneficiary SAIs, which operate in environments that face political, economic, and/or social challenges, and most in need of scaled-up and strengthened support. The SAIs selected are: Belize, Benin, Dominica, Haiti, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon and Tajikistan. The initiative enables SAIs to:

  • Enhance their capacities and performance through scaled-up, SAI-led and strategically based capacity development support, and 
  • Establish mechanisms to ensure projects are developed in partnership between the SAI, donors and providers of support to ensure coordination and customized support to the unique needs and opportunities of each SAI.

The GSAI programme has helped SAIs develop tailored country projects in partnership with peer SAIs, donors, regional organizations, and implementation partners that provide technical and funding support. The approach seeks to utilize the resources from the different actors in the best possible way to empower SAIs in leading their development path and thereby increase the likelihood of success in their efforts to strengthen the capacity of these most challenged SAIs. 

Fig 2: The Four Stages of the GSAI Initiative

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