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The NAO is the Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) of the United Kingdom. We have a long history of international activity, and our aim is that the NAO’s international work contributes to: Supporting Parliament: Strengthening governance and accountability of UK taxpayer’s money overseas by improving SAIs in countries receiving UK aid, auditing international organisations who receive […]

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March 1, 2013

The NAO is the Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) of the United Kingdom. We have a long history of international activity, and our aim is that the NAO’s international work contributes to:

  • Supporting Parliament: Strengthening governance and accountability of UK taxpayer’s money overseas by improving SAIs in countries receiving UK aid, auditing international organisations who receive UK funding.
  • Improving our impact: Engaging with other SAIs to share good practice in public audit, identifying and using international comparators in our Value for Money work.
  • Cost-effective use of resources: Generating income through delivering projects on a cost-recovery basis, timing the work around our UK audit programme.

We will achieve our objectives through three main workstreams:

  • International audit: Protecting taxpayers’ money through appointment as the external auditor of international organisations. This work is done on a cost-recovery basis.
  • International relations: Engaging other SAIs bilaterally, or through the International Organization of Supreme Audit (INTOSAI) and the European Organisation of Supreme Audit (EUROSAI), applying international good practice to improve our audits.
  • International technical cooperation: Entering into capacity building partnerships to strengthen SAIs in priority countries. This work is done on a cost-recovery basis.

Our international team can be contacted on international@nao.org.uk