ENSURING PUBLIC MONEY IS USED TO BENEFIT CITIZENS
Accountable governance refers to the collective responsibility of officials to preserve the public’s trust in government by delivering on policy outcomes and safeguarding taxpayer funds. Accountable governance involves systems and coordinated actions through which the public sector ensures the effectiveness, efficiency and economy of public expenditure. It relies on tools that promote value-for-money, integrity and transparency in government, such as external control, internal control, sanctions, and enforcement. These tools create an enabling environment for greater accountability and improved governance.
Accountable governance is not the responsibility of one institution, but many entities and individuals across all branches of government – the legislature, the judiciary and the executive. This includes supreme audit institutions (SAIs), internal control bodies, the Centre of Government, line ministries, law enforcement, and prosecutorial bodies, to name a few.
HOW IS THE OECD CONTRIBUTING?
The OECD works with OECD-member countries, key partners and non-member countries on accountable governance through its reviews of accountability institutions, such as SAIs, as well as broader systems of accountability.