Auditing Decentralised Policies in Brazil
Collaborative and Evidence-Based Approaches for Better Outcomes
Public policies and services, such as education, health, welfare, infrastructure and
sanitation, are increasingly developed and provided via different levels of government
(national, regional and local), creating co-ordination and governance challenges.
This report describes how Brazil’s 33 courts of accounts can use their oversight function
– including audits – to help make such decentralised policies more effective and coherent.
It presents the results of a 3-year project to improve how the courts can work together,
using the area of education as a pilot for testing the use of indicators in the strategic
selection of audits. The report offers a model for audit institutions to assess multi-level
governance, and explores governance models for stronger collaboration among the courts
of accounts in Brazil. These approaches may inspire and inform other supreme audit
institutions with responsibilities for auditing decentralised policies and programmes
involving central, regional and local governments.
Published on November 26, 2020Also available in: Portuguese
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