With growing external expectations for INTOSAI to help Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) address challenges related to national governance, and to promote accountability, there is a need to continuously improve INTOSAI's governance structure to maximize its value and benefits to SAIs. INTOSAI and its members have reached the consensus that it must respond to the requirements for the reorientation of audit in order to be successful in the future.
INTOSAI’s mission is to support its members in contributing effectively to the accountability of the public sector, promoting public transparency and good governance, and fostering the economy, effectiveness and efficiency of government programs for the benefit of all.
INTOSAI continues to evolve as a leading international institution enabling its members as they seek to achieve their full potential in their efforts to enhance public sector accountability, thereby strengthening governance and ultimately improving the lives of citizens.
INTOSAI adheres to the values of accountability, professionalism, collaboration, and equality.
A SAI is a public body of a state or supranational organization which exercises the highest public sector auditing function of the state or supranational organization. SAIs exercise their public sector audit functions in an independent, objective manner. SAIs’ audit and jurisdictional responsibilities vary based on their specific mandates and the legal frameworks in which they operate.
In 1953, 34 SAIs and partner organizations met at the initiative of the head of the Supreme Audit Institution of Cuba to take part in the I Congress in Havana. On this occasion, INTOSAI (International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions) was founded as an international association, and the congress participants decided to hold an INTOSAI congress at different venues every three years.