In 2013 the Swedish National Audit Office started a cooperation project with the State Audit and Administrative Control Bureau of Palestine (SAACB). The long-term objective is for the SAACB to work in compliance with international standards on auditing.
Sweden has had a strong commitment to the building of a Palestinian State. The aim is for Palestine to be an independent, coherent and democratic state based on the 1967 borders. The Swedish NAO's support, which aims to strengthen the supreme audit institution, can be seen as part of building up an effective central government administration and a democratic state.
Since 2013 the Swedish NAO has mainly supported the development of performance audit and to a limited extent carried out leadership development measures. The cooperation was evaluated in autumn 2017. Overall, the results were good. The SAACB has established operations in performance audit, a small group of auditors has gained knowledge in the area and produced six reports.
However, work remains on institutionalising performance audit in the SAACB, and there is a great need to build leadership skills in the new field of operations. We will put extra effort into these areas in the new agreement period that runs until 2021. We will also broaden our collaboration and work on communication, leadership, quality assurance and overall planning.
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