Support of the INTOSAI Task Force on the Accountability for and Audit of Disaster-Related Aid

Contract partner: The Netherlands Court of Audit (De Algemene Rekenkamer) Country: Asien, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 20.000,00 Project start: 01.10.2006 End: 31.03.2007

Short Description:

Overall goal

In December 2005, in response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami, the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) established a Task Force on the Accountability for and Audit of Disaster-related Aid. The eighteen members of the task force, representing both donor and recipient countries, have been working to establish an audit trail for the funds transferred in the aftermath of the Tsunami, with a view to providing insight into the aid sector, aid flows, accountability and audit arrangements at the national and global levels.

On the basis of these insights, the task force is now developing guidelines and tools, which will assist supreme audit institutions, donors, recipient governments and other stakeholders in the future in ensuring greater transparency, effectiveness and accountability of funding flows in the event of a major disaster.

The Task Force Chair, the Netherlands Court of Audit, and the Vice-Chair, the Supreme Audit Institution of Indonesia, have been active in seeking funding for the activities of the Task Force. The Austrian contribution will assist the Task Force in developing an electronic tool, which will assist its members in providing an overview of disaster-related funds at their individual country level. The tool will allow for a comparative analysis of results, and the combined overviews will provide insights into the flow of funds internationally. The Austrian funding will also allow for an international workshop to take place at which the members of the task force will be instructed on the use of the tool and guided through the development of an overview of funding flows for their particular national situation.

project number 2458-00/2006
source of funding OEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.