Liberia

The oil, gas and mining sectors are critical for a majority of Open Government Partnership (OGP) countries. Yet, only about 10 percent of OGP commitments relate to natural resources...

Managing public expectations is one of the toughest challenges that governments face now that commodity prices have dramatically declined. A gathering earlier this month in Tanzania brought together public officials from 15 emerging producers to discuss the implications of the price drop on their strategies.

While the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative has successfully increased transparency in the extractive sector over the last ten years, data from its reports are often underutilized by global and in-country actors. If this challenge is overcome, EITI reports could inform much more to policymaking and public debate, and thereby contribute to better governance and accountability in the oil, gas and mining sector.

Only eight countries currently have parliamentarians on their EITI multistakeholder groups. This case study presents lessons learned from two of them-Liberia and Yemen-and offers strategies for other countries seeking to involve parliamentarians in similar ways.

Liberia's legislature is currently reviewing two pieces of legislation that could have a major impact on management of the country's nascent oil sector...