The OAG and Good Governance
In a demanding and increasingly complex fiscal and policy environment, it is critical to consider the value-added of all stakeholders in the Executive, Legislature and civil society, including independent actors like Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) such as the Office of the Auditor General (OAG).
In an era which emphasises “doing more with less”, governments are being held accountable not only for the execution of the public budget, but for the effective, efficient, and economical use of taxpayers' money. Through their traditional role in external oversight of government accounts, Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) form a critical link in a country’s accountability chain. Yet, this is not the only avenue through which SAIs can support good governance.
There is untapped potential in the evolved role of SAIs to go beyond their traditional oversight role and link their work into policy making and policy decisions. It is through this process that SAIs can provide insight to improve the functioning of processes and programmes, and foresight to aid governments in adapting to future trends and risks. Such evidenced-based contributions to addressing systemic issues can lead to better policy formulation, implementation and evaluation.
The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) partakes in ensuring good governance by aligning its governance objectives and strategies with that of the Solomon Islands’ pdf National Development Strategy 2016 (1.05 MB) , in particular, the NDS’s Objective 5 which aims to create a “Unified nation with stable and effective governance and public order.”
The NDS Objective’s midterm strategies include policies and programs that aim to create an “Efficient and effective public service with sound corporate culture” and “Reduce corruption through improved governance at the national, provincial and community levels.”
The NDS’s goals are themselves tied to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These goals encourage member nations such as the Solomon Islands to put in place policies and programmes that encourage sustainable economic growth through good governance measures.
Solomon Islands’ Office of the Auditor General (OAG) is also a member of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Organisation’s (INTOSAI), which promotes good governance through its professional standards such as the INTOSAI Guidance for Good Governance.
At the national level, government policies such as the Democratic Coalition for Change Government’s (DCCG) Policy, ensures that the strategies of the NDS are implemented through its various Ministries’ and Agencies’ programmes and work plans.
The OAG also, through its pdf Corporate Plan 2017-2022 (926 KB) , align its objectives and strategies with the DCCG Policy’s good governance plans.
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