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Transparency and Accountability in Africa's Extractive Industries: The Role of the Legislature

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Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher(s): National Democratic Institute for International Affairs

Author(s): Shari Bryan; Barrie Hofmann

Funder(s): National Endowment for Democracy (U.S.)

Funder(s): National Endowment for Democracy (U.S.)

Topic: Environment (Land resources and use)
Government (Legislative power and procedure)

Keywords: Transparency; Accountability; Natural resources

Type: Report


While current efforts to increase transparency and accountability in the management of natural resources emphasize the roles and responsibilities of a broad range of actors, relatively little attention has been paid to the potential contribution of elected legislators. Yet, the three core functions of legislative bodies - representing constituent interests, making or shaping public policy, and overseeing policy implementation by executive branch agencies - are central to any effort in this area.

This report is an effort to help elected political officials - particularly those in the legislative branch of government - serve as constructive leaders in improving the oversight and management of their countries' natural resources.