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Collaborating for Change


How civil society organizations and audit offices can hold government accountable for the Sustainable Development Goals

When civil society organizations (CSOs) and legislative audit offices work together, they can better hold governments accountable for meeting their commitments to achieve the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our Collaborating for Change series provides CSOs with information, strategies and tools to effectively engage with audit offices. It can also be helpful for audit offices that are looking to collaborate with CSOs and other stakeholders.

The series was produced in collaboration with Women Deliver and with the involvement of many other partners. It features case studies from several countries and draws on results from a survey CAAF conducted of over 40 audit offices from across Canada and around the world.

For a quick look at the series’ key concepts, see our brochure.


Spread the word to CSOs!

To help audit offices and other interested stakeholders promote collaboration between CSOs and audit offices and share these resources with CSOs, we have sample key messages, images and links you can use. Find them all here.

These publications are also available in Spanish on the OLACEFS website

Understanding Performance Audit

Understanding Performance Audit

This publication explains the basic concepts of performance auditing and describes the complementary roles of CSOs and auditors in holding governments accountable for their promises to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Tools for Collaboration

Tools for Collaboration

This publication provides tips and tools to help CSOs collaborate with audit offices, including a pre-engagement questionnaire and checklist, as well as case studies of successful collaborations from various countries.

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Download our editable pre-engagement questionnaire and checklist:

QUESTIONNAIRE    CHECKLIST
How Audit Offices Collaborate with Civil Society: Highlights from our international survey

How Audit Offices Collaborate with Civil Society: Highlights from our international survey

This report presents key results of our survey of over 40 audit offices in Canada and around the world and highlights many examples of successful collaborations, good practices and innovative approaches that audit offices are using.

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Accountability for Gender Equality

Accountability for Gender Equality

This publication will apply the strategies seen in Tools for Collaboration to SDG 5: achieving gender equality.