African Organisation of English-speaking Supreme Audit Institutions

Research Paper on Integrating Big Data in the Public Sector

With continuous technological advancements, the data created by people, applications and smart machines are exponentially increasing beyond the capabilities of traditional data-processing applications. SAIs are called upon to have a strategic response to data generated and stored by governments and how to use it in analysis. Therefore, SAIs, like most organisations, are facing a big data challenge.

We undertook a research project in 2020, to develop a technical paper on the theme “Integrating Big Data in Public Sector Audit” for the AFROSAI General Assembly. In our research, we considered the fundamentals needed for SAIs to integrate big data in public sector auditing.