Preventive and Concomitant Control at Colombia's Supreme Audit Institution

New Strategies for Modern Challenges

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Supreme audit institutions can contribute to promoting substantial improvements in public management. In Colombia, the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic (CGR) has implemented a new preventive and concomitant control function that identifies risks while projects and budgets are being executed. This report reviews the reform so far and highlights its potential for strengthening the public administration and thus enhancing the impact and relevance of CGR’s work. It addresses strategic considerations and provides recommendations on issues such as how to improve internal co-ordination within the CGR, promote behavioural changes, improve co-ordination with internal control units, and use data and innovative technologies for auditing. The report also points to the need for a sound and long-term fiscal management policy in Colombia.

English Also available in: Spanish


Stemming largely from the historical and structural weaknesses of Colombia’s governance system, mismanagement and lack of effective control of public resources have hampered Colombia's socioeconomic progress. A solid integrity system that offers inclusive policies and effective public services and mitigates the risks of corruption is essential to consolidate the rule of law and to reduce poverty and inequality. The COVID-19 crisis has accentuated several of these challenges and increased the relevance of effective and efficient management and control.

English Also available in: Spanish

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