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Program History

Since our founding in 1980, we have delivered capacity building for supreme audit institutions (SAIs) in developing countries through our international programming. More than 250 auditors, from more than 50 countries, have graduated as Fellows and hundreds more have participated in our workshops abroad.

The program has always been funded by the Government of Canada and delivered with the strong and continuous participation of our Canadian partners.

The rationale and broad objectives of our international programming have remained consistent over time, but the design of the program has evolved—beginning with only Fellowship placements in Canada, then expanding to include workshops abroad, and now providing even more in-depth support.

2018-2025: The International Governance, Accountability and Performance (IGAP) Program

In this seven-year program, we are working in Guyana, Rwanda, Senegal, and Vietnam. To support the SAIs and oversight committees in these countries, we will continue delivering the Foundation’s world-class training, including Fellowships, Leaders Programs, and courses; develop new courses and resources, including training on auditing gender equality; and continue to incorporate emerging priorities, such as SAIs’ initiatives to audit the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

2012-2017: The International Legislative Oversight Program (ILOP)

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The 2013–14 graduating Fellows, representing the ILOP’s four countries of focus: Cameroon, Ghana, Tanzania, and Vietnam.

The ILOP was our first program to focus exclusively on four countries. In this program, we worked with Cameroon, Ghana, Tanzania, and Vietnam, continuing the relationships we had already established with these SAIs. While maintaining the structure of our previous program, with Fellowships held in Canada and training and mentoring delivered abroad, the ILOP provided more in-depth support to these four countries. This included:

  • More direct involvement in audits: In the Fellowships, each participant worked with Canadian mentors to plan a performance audit that was to be carried out when they returned home from Canada. As well, several of the in-country training activities were directly connected to the planning, conduct, and reporting of specific audits.
  • Increased focus on priority and crosscutting themes: The ILOP required that the Fellows’ audit plan projects address topics related to the Government of Canada’s international development priority themes. We also supported and encouraged audits on the crosscutting development themes of gender equality and environmental sustainability and developed training and guidance materials on these subjects.
  • Introduction of Leaders Programs (then called management internships): Training and mentoring for the SAIs was expanded to include the management cadre, addressing topics such as strategic planning, performance measurement, and communications strategies. This added dimension of training reinforced the success of the performance audit capacity building and enabled the SAIs to make a greater impact with their audit reports.
  • Greater regional involvement: The program included increased collaboration with INTOSAI regional organizations and other development partners, and a greater emphasis on engaging our partner SAIs in regional and international events. This created additional capacity-building opportunities for the SAIs, extended our reach to the regional level, and ensured that the program avoided duplicative efforts.

Highlights of this five-year program’s results included:

Fellows Graduated



graduated and planned performance audits on priority themes.

SAI Managers


SAI Managers

participated in internships and developed strategic projects, on topics including stakeholder communications, audit topic selection and multi-year planning.

Participants from the four SAIs



from the four SAIs took part in workshops on performance auditing, management and leadership, and working with oversight committees and other stakeholders.

Parliamentarians and oversight committee staff



and oversight committee staff participated in workshops to increase their effectiveness.




were planned with the program’s mentoring, of which 40 were completed by the end of the ILOP.

Read more about this program’s results in our wrap-up article and in the country profiles of Cameroon, Ghana, Tanzania, and Vietnam.

2007-2012: The International Legislative Audit Assistance Program (ILAAP)

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Participants at a regional Fundamentals of Performance Audit workshop in Barbados, March 2010.

The launch of the ILAAP marked a significant expansion in our international programming. The ILAAP continued the successful Fellowship placements and introduced new components to provide post-graduate support to the Fellows and additional training for SAIs and parliamentary oversight committees.

The key changes were:

  • Introduction of in-country activities: We began delivering workshops for the SAIs and parliamentary oversight committees, and mentoring for the SAIs.
  • Engagement of more Canadian partners: The Offices of the Auditors General (OAGs) of Alberta and British Columbia began hosting Fellowships, joining the long-time hosts, the OAGs of Canada and Québec. These OAGs, as well as those of Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia, also began to co-facilitate in-country workshops and act as mentors for the SAIs.
  • A focus on fewer countries: Whereas our international program previously focused on training individuals, the ILAAP aimed to build a core group of trained performance auditors in selected countries. We therefore narrowed the geographic focus of the program to 11 countries: Barbados, Belize, Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Mali, Saint Lucia, Tanzania, and Vietnam.

Under the ILAAP, 39 Fellows graduated and we delivered more than 50 in-country or regional workshops and mentoring sessions, including 10 workshops for parliamentary oversight committees.

1980-2007: The International Fellowship Program

Our international programming began in 1980-81 when four auditors—from Ghana, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore—completed a placement at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. The OAG of Canada continued to host Fellows every year, and soon the OAG of Québec also joined the program.

During this period, 184 Fellows participated, coming from 52 countries. Several of these graduates have gone on to become Auditors General, in countries including Bhutan, Costa Rica, Guyana, Kenya, Nepal, Saint Lucia, Senegal and Sri Lanka, and many others held senior positions in their offices.

Gender Equality

An important development over the course of our international programming is greater gender equality among participants. In the 1980s, only 12 percent of Fellows were women. Since 2007, we have required that 50 percent of all Fellows be women. Female graduates have excelled, and several have become Auditors General in countries including Costa Rica, Kenya, Saint Lucia, and Senegal.