Supporting independence for SAIs

Independent Supreme Audit Institutions can lay the foundations for more transparent, accountable, and effective governments.

The Eight Pillars of SAI Independence

Independence for Supreme Audit Institutions is based on the Eight Pillars of SAI Independence, as defined by the Mexico Declaration on SAI Independence.

These Pillars, also called Principles, cover such topics a SAI's legal status, access to information, and ability to report and follow-up on their findings.

Click on the pillars to the right for detailed information on all eight principles.

Document Databse

Supporting material from international organisations, NGOs, and academic research on SAI independence


SAI Independence Donor Resource Kit

The SAI Independence Donor Resource Kit is a quick reference guide that provides a brief intoduction to the topic of SAI independence and the tools available to help you effectively advocate for SAIs at the global, regional and in-country levels.

Report a Threat

Do you know of a SAI whose independence is threatened?

If so, report the threat and the Independent SAIs team at the INTOSAI Development Initiative will conduct an initial assessment within 15 days. 

Every threat received is reviewed via the SAI Independence Rapid Advocacy Mechanism.


Our Partners

Working for SAI independence is a collective effort. Meet the organizations supporting our work at the global and national levels.

Irish Aid