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How Can Supreme Audit Institutions Help Curtail Corruption?

  • Open Gov Hub 1110 Vermont Avenue Northwest Suite 500 Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)

This panel event will explore how Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) and other independent oversight bodies in the United States and around the world play a critical role in helping curtail corruption.

Supreme Audit Institutions (or SAIs) exist in countries around the world to provide essential independent oversight and accountability of the spending and activities of national governments at the highest level. The program will feature experts in the field and representatives of Supreme Audit Institutions to share their experiences including in addressing ethics or conflict of interest concerns as they arise, and helping maintain balance of powers.

Speakers will share case studies from efforts in Albania, Afghanistan, and the United States for comparative, cross-country learning. In focusing on an exchanges of effective models for improved legal frameworks, tools, practices, and lessons learned (including through resources from the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions), this event seeks to strengthen the efforts of all participating bodies, and create a platform for ongoing peer-to-peer learning and collaboration globally to combat domestic and international corruption.


  • Ermal Yzeiraj - Director of Control of Standards Implementation and Ethics - the Supreme Audit Institutionof Albania

  • Matthew Murray - former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Europe and Eurasia; Current Advisor to Independent Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Committee of Afghanistan

  • Representative of the US Government Accountability Office (invited)


The event will explore these and other questions:

- How have upreme audit institutions responded to different types of corruption (whether domestic or international - kleptocracy, transnational corruption, or other issues?)

- How can anti-corruption advocates and other civil society organizations work together with the supreme audit institution and other government oversight bodies in their country to do their work more effectively?

- What are some of the greatest corruption threats or challenges in the United States, Albania and Afghanistan today – what are the similarities and differences in how the supreme audit institutions in each country work these different cases?

unch will be provided.