The Latin-American and Caribbean Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (OLACEFS) is an organization of a permanent nature; international, autonomous, independent and apolitical. This organization meets the need to create a high-level forum to exchange ideas and experiences related to governmental and fiscal control as well as to promote cooperation between our institutions, that is conformed by 22 plenary members and 29 associated members.
Since 2012, we have been implementing a new model of capacity building of auditors, through coordinated audits.
In 2014, we carried out the first coordinated audit on gender equality, with the participation of the SAIs of Chile, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico.
The results of that first work, generated such a momentum that in 2016, the OLACEFS’ General Assembly approved a proposal to carry out a new audit on gender, in this case linked to the 2030 Agenda, particularly with Goal 5: “gender equality”.
The Working Group on Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination was created at the LXXI meeting of the OLACEFS’ Virtual Board of Directors held on June 30, 2020, by agreement 1448/06/2020.
The general objective of this Working Group is to propose a gender equality and non-discrimination Policy that will serve as a basis to be implemented in the SAIs of OLACEFS. Likewise, the Group shall define, together with the interested SAIs, the implementation of the policy, its monitoring, and evaluation, as well as the processes for feedback and exchange of good practices that can be generated around gender equality and non-discrimination.
This is a new way of enhancing OLACEFS' commitment to gender equity and equality. At the global level, INTOSAI believes that audit entities must ensure their effectiveness, inclusiveness, and accountability. This commitment is reflected in INTOSAI's fourth strategic goal: to strive to maximize the value of the organization, both for its member SAIs and the organization.
At the regional level, it stands as a way to operationalize strategic goal 4 of the OLACEFS Strategic Plan, as it is a way by which SAIs can support the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
General Audit Office of the Nation of Argentina
Court of Audit of the Union of Brazil
Comptroller General’s Office of the Republic of Chile (Presidencia)
Comptroller General’s Office of the Republic of Cuba
Comptroller General’s Office of the Republic of Ecuador
Comptroller General’s Office of Accounts of Guatemala
Court of Accounts of the Republic of Honduras
Superior Audit Office of México
Comptroller General’s Office of the Republic of Nicaragua
Comptroller General’s Office of the Republic of Paraguay
Comptroller General’s Office of the Peru
Office of the Comptroller of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Court of Accounts of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation (CAAF)
INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI-INTOSAI)
The audit presented today is the most successful we have carried out in our organization so far in terms of participation and geographical representation.
Jorge Bermúdez Soto OLACEFS' Executive Secretariat
This report shows that the commitment to gender equality exists in the people of Ibero-American countries. It’s time for the governments to step it up.
Katja Iversen President and CEO, Women Deliver
The systematic mainstreaming of a gender perspective in the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals is crucial.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, (UN Women)
The coordinated audit on SDG 5 has been a great opportunity to engage OLACEFS’ SAIs members to analyze the status of compliance with this SDG, as well as an opportunity to exercise the purpose of acting as models of transparency and accountability in our own entities.
Indeed, among the OLACEFS we are committed to support the implementation of the SDGs. In this framework, we have established four approaches to carry out our work, one of them being our purpose to act as models of transparency and accountability in our own operations. For that reason, along with the coordinated audit, we carried out an internal survey that constitutes a self-evaluation on the gender-related issues among our institutions.
1. Not implemented (X = 0%)
In training (0% < X <=50,0%)
3. In development (50,0% < X <=75,0%)
4. Optimized (75,0% < X <=100%)
The general objective of this audit was to evaluate the preparation of the governments to implement Sustainable Development Goal 5.
In this process, 18 SAIs participated (16 from the continent, 1 subnational and 1 European). Argentina, Bolivia, Bogotá, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Collaborating for Change: How civil society organizations and audit offices can hold government accountable for the Sustainable Development Goals.
This series, produced by the Canadian Audit & Accountability Foundation (CAAF) collaboration with Women Deliver, provides CSOs with information, strategies and tools to effectively engage with audit offices and oversight bodies. It can also be helpful for audit offices that are looking to collaborate with CSOs and other stakeholders. OLAECFS has proudly collaborated in the process and has translated the guide to Spanish.
This first publication explains the basic concepts of performance auditing and describes the complementary roles of CSOs and auditors in holding governments accountable for their promises to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
This publication provides tips and tools to help CSOs collaborate with audit offices, including a pre-engagement questionnaire and checklist, as well as case studies of successful collaborations from various countries.
This third publication will apply the strategies seen in Product 2 to SDG 5: achieving gender equality.