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New and innovative methods in international development cooperation

The Swedish National Audit Office is currently hosting its largest event of 2019 in international development cooperation. For the first time, performance auditors from six countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East are gathered in Stockholm together with Swedish colleagues to try new practical methods and develop a deeper understanding of the audited contexts.

”Mind the gap” is part of the Swedish National Audit Office’s work to build audit capacity together with our partner institutions. Approximately 25 participants from the supreme audit institutions of Kenya, Kosovo, Palestine, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe are working together with Swedish colleagues to develop the analytical capacity in the area of performance audit.

Auditor General Helena Lindberg, portrait.

– Well functioning audit institutions is a prerequisite for democratic development and the establishment of systems for accountability. We welcome that many of our partners are strenghtening their capacity. In time, this will increase the possibility for citizens to make their voices heard and counteract corruption, says Auditor General Helena Lindberg.

The participants of ”Mind the gap” will during one week’s time try methods for an in-depth understanding of the audited context and increase their understanding of the underlying problems. Experiences from six different countries will contribute to a well-founded analysis and enable participants to tailor recommendations for improvements.

Catharina Cappelin, portrait.

– Every country has their specific set of challenges, but we also have things in common. We will use innovative methods where the participants constitute a mix of our own staff and auditors from different continents. The idea is that the participants will increase their ability to design audits that lead to useful recommendations in their respective national context, while learning from each other, says Catharina Cappelin, Deputy Auditor General and Head of international affairs at the Swedish National Audit Office.

The objective of the Swedish National Audit Office’s work in international development cooperation is to support the development of independent and professional audit institutions, contribute to democratic development and strengthen parliamentary control in different parts of the world.

The Swedish National Audit Office is currently engaged in ten bilateral cooperation agreements with supreme audit institutions in Africa (Kenya, Liberia, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe), Europe (Kosovo and Moldova) and Asia (Afghanistan, Cambodia and Palestine). In addition, there are three regional engagements targeting a total 37 supreme audit institutions in the Western Balkans, Africa and Southeast Asia.

International operations

The Swedish National Audit Office engages in extensive international operations. We represent Sweden in international contexts and we also have the Riksdag’s (Parliament) assignment to conduct international development cooperation.

Read more about our international operations

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Updated: 09 December 2019

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