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Title: The General State Inspectorate – independent or under the executive – how does it compare with the Court of Accounts in Sub-Saharan Africa?
Authors: Wynne, Andy
First Published: May-2011
Publisher: The International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management
Citation: International Journal of Governmental Financial Management, 2011, XI(1)
Abstract: The INTOSAI Mexico Declaration provides a summary of good practice for the independence of government auditors. However, as in many parts of the world, this ideal is not achieved in many Sub-Saharan African countries. This includes both the English speaking and the French speaking countries. The picture is complex, especially in Francophone countries where there is usually more than one type of entity that provides some sort of audit function for central government. The roles and relative strengths of these different types of audit institution (usually Court of Accounts and General State Inspectorate) need to be clearly understood. This paper provides an introduction to their roles and considers their relative levels of independence against the INTOSAI guidance on independence from the Mexico Declaration. It concludes that, despite recent improvements, neither type of organisation achieves the levels of independence envisaged by INTOSAI nor are they adequately resourced. As a result co-operation between all public audit functions is more important than consideration of their relative levels of independence.
ISSN: 2220-4709
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2011 The International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
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