Publication Date: January 2007
Publisher: National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Author(s): Shari Bryan; Barrie Hofmann
Research Area: Environment; Government
Keywords: Transparency; Accountability; Natural resources
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.