Promoting accountability, transparency and integrity
Liberia has a history of high level corruption in the public sector. Cited as a contributory factor to the protracted civil war, this has had a devastating impact on the economy and resulted in failed governing systems where accountability and transparency are nonexistent.
The New General Auditing Commission (GAC) was established in 2011 with a vision to create a world-class Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) that holds people and institutions accountable for their stewardship of public resources and programs. We were subsequently appointed to provide technical assistance in the assessment, design and delivery of robust and effective auditing systems that would support this vision.
Our key areas of activity are designed to strengthen the GAC’s legal and regulatory framework in line with international standards and to support its ambitions towards decentralisation. Aligned with this we are reviewing current audit systems and developing training programmes and professional development activities to strengthen internal capacity and organisational structure. Vital to the success of our approach are information activities at international, national and county levels that will increase dialogue and connectivity with the wider National Legislature. Through a range of mentoring, training and operational improvements we aim to build a credible and independent SAI that will serve as an effective pillar of accountability and transparency for public financial management in Liberia.