Apart from activities and outputs targeting specific groups of stakeholders – Ministries of Finance, SAI, Parliaments and civil society organizations (CSO) - within their countries, the Pro PALOP-TL SAI, MPs, and CSO project also featured cross-cutting outputs, covering the entire region and various actors at once. These have fostered joint-learning, peer-to-peer exchanges of experience for more effective capacity development, and sought to establish communities of practice to share approaches and strategic in the domain of public financial management (PFM).
A total of 3,450 persons from across the PALOP and Timor-Leste, among them SAI judges and auditors, MPs, parliamentary staff and members of the civil society, have participated in trainings including e-Learning courses, face-to-face regional initiatives, and peer-to-peer regional exchanges of experience and good practices. All of these training opportunities offered participants to develop skills, tools and methods to strengthen their capacities in external audit, legislative budget oversight, social monitoring of PFM systems, and presentation of budget information.
Outcomes and impact
Here are some of the longer-term outcomes and impact which have resulted from the above outputs:
In its the strategic plan for years 2017-21, the Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (Portuguese: A Organização das Instituições Superiores de Controle (OISC) da Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (CPLP) has identified as its main course of action to contribute to the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through joint and cooperative audits in the domains of environmental protection and gender equality.
Parliaments across the PALOP and Timor-Leste have established a community of practice of parliamentary budget committees which now regularly discuss parliamentary oversight of key budget documents and public accounts.
Similarly, the SAI across the PALOP and Timor-Leste which have benefited from the project’s grants to develop and deliver social monitoring of PFM, have now organized into a regional community of practice.
These sweeping changes in each project country and the region as a whole show a tremendous opportunity to continue building on and scaling up progress in good economic governance and transparency of public finances in the PALOP and Timor-Leste.