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Launch of the 2021 Supreme Audit Institutions Independence Index: Enhancing Accountability through Independent SAIs

July 27, 2021



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  • The World Bank is launching the recently developed Supreme Audit Institutions Independence Index to strengthen its own ability and that of other development partners to promote the independence of SAIs globally. The event will launch the index that presents insights into the legal and operational independence of the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) of 118 countries, based on a desk review undertaken by staff of the Bank’s Governance Global Practice. SAIs play a pivotal stewardship role in the safeguarding, accountability and efficient use of public resources and contribute to monitoring the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The index will inform and better equip the Bank’s task teams that support capacity-building efforts of SAIs in client countries, including through ongoing collaboration with the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) and development partners. The event will also discuss the emerging challenges and possible opportunities for SAIs to further strengthen their capacity in the post-COVID19 world.


    Please feel free contact Arun Manuja ( or Jose Carlos Ferreyra (, if you require any further information.

    • Introduction to the event
    • Welcome Remarks
    • Launch of the 2021 SAI Independence Index and Opening Remarks
    • Presentation of the Highlights of the SAI Independence Index
    • Conversations with Global Leaders
    • Audience Q & A
    • Closing of the event
  • Adenike Sherifat Oyeyiola (Nike)

    Practice Manager, World Bank

    Ed Olowo-Okere

    Global Director, Governance, World Bank

    Mirza Jahani

    UK Development Director for Central Asia (FCDO)

    Gene L. Dodaro

    Comptroller General of the United States Government Accountability Office

    Helena Lindberg

    Auditor General, Sweden

    Hossam Alangari

    President of the General Auditing Bureau of Saudi Arabia

    Pamela Monroe Ellis

    Auditor General, Jamaica

    Carolina Renteria Rodriguez

    Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF

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  • July 27th, 2021: 10:30am - 12:00pm EST