In 2019, Chile’s Comptroller General participated in the country’s second VNR, collaborating with the Chilean government across four parameters. The below details these parameters and the work that CGR did in these regards.
Assessing the government’s readiness to implement, monitor and report on the SDGs: Between 2016 and 2019, the CGR carried out five audits to evaluate the government’s preparedness. These audits focused on: institutionalization, strategy, coordination (intergovernmental and across stakeholders), monitoring, reporting and transparency, as well as on SDGs prioritized by the government (SDG 16, 7, 5 and 2.4) Recommendations included improved interministerial coordination for national planning, with clearly defined responsibilities, organizational structure and information to feed into the VNR. They also focused on reducing implementation risks related to SDG 2.4, given possible challenges around alignment, coordination and monitoring mechanisms for related public policies.
Auditing Government Programmes that Contribute to the SDGs: This included issuing guidelines and specific tools for auditee reports to consider how government programmes are aligned with, or contribute to, SDG implementation and compliance, framing assessments around SDG 16, and identifying the SDG(s) linked to that audit. To support this process, a virtual desktop was created for audited entities to access observations made and efforts to correct them. A compliance support system was also created for CGR to work with internal auditees.
Exemplifying Transparency and Accountability: The CGR voluntarily raised its compliance standards to meet current, institutional transparency laws. It also created a transparency portal (which goes beyond legal requirements) where citizens can access CGR’s budget and how it was spent, including travel costs of officials and information about staffing (position, grade, salary, paid overtime).
Evaluating and Supporting SDG 16 Implementation: Led by CGR and UNDP Chile, the UNCAC Chile Anticorruption Alliance plays an important role in advancing SDG 16. The Alliance, bringing together 28 institutions from the public, private and civil society sectors, works to implement UNCAC principles through four areas: promotion of integrity (in the public sector, for SMEs that supply the state, and for state companies), training, legislative initiatives, and good practices in compliance with UNCAC.