Research meets Practice: Monitoring the 2030 Agenda - Is there a role for supreme audit institutions?

29.03.2017 | Bonn

With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, more than 190 UN member states declared themselves ready to work together to achieve a total of 17 global sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030. For these goals to be achieved, one essential factor will be extensive public funding. But how can we guarantee that public funds are used efficiently, transparently and effectively?

Supreme audit institutions are independent bodies that monitor state finances. They audit the way that governments use public funds, publicise undesirable developments, ensure that those responsible are held accountable, and make concrete proposals on how to improve things with their recommendations. Thus, supreme audit institutions have the potential to help implement the SDGs through their work.

Serious discrepancies between planned policies and the actual actions of governments – as evidenced for instance by mismanagement and high levels of corruption – point to weaknesses in national monitoring and audit mechanisms. What preconditions must be in place for supreme audit institutions if they are to play an effective part in assuring sustainable development? The next event in the ‘Research meets practice’ series is dedicated to this question. It will explore whether or not supreme audit institutions can make an effective contribution to implementing the 2030 Agenda, and if so how, before going on to look at the conclusions that can be drawn for Germany’s development cooperation.

Discussion: Dr Joachim Wehner (Associate Professor in Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE) and Dr Annette Mummert (Senior Planning Officer, Accountability in GIZ’s Sectoral Department)

The dialogue event will take place on 29 March 2017 at 4 pm. Please join us afterwards for an informal get-together and networking over drinks and light refreshments.

Location/date and time

GIZ Bonn
Saal Donau (BM 10027/29)
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 36
53113 Bonn

Wednesday, 29.03.2017, 16:00 till 19:00


Christiane Tomaschewski
Phone: +49 (0)228 4460-3329