On his first full day in office, President Obama issued an Executive Order and several memoranda on transparency and participation in the Federal Government.
WRI has joined with 70 organizations to issue the 21st Century Right to Know Agenda Report in support of government transparency and accountability in the incoming Obama administration.
An Environmentalist’s Responsibility
This policy brief provides natural resource policy makers and practitioners with an approach for evaluating how their policies and projects can support the emergence and consolidation of local democracy.
How will the President-elect run his administration? The answer to this question will have direct impacts on the American people's health, safety and the quality of their environment.
Restoring Good Governance in the U.S. Executive Branch, and Why Voters Should Care
This paper describes how social and environmental objectives have been undermined when past U.S. administrations have failed to respect the basic principles of participatory democracy and informed decision-making.
A new WRI report presents new research on the importance of working with African legislatures for long-term social and environmental improvements.
Legislative Representation and the Environment in Africa
This report presents the findings of research on critical incentives and disincentives to legislative representation in Africa and provides a number of policy and program recommendations.
Voice and Choice represents the culmination of several years of research, experimentation, and reform by governments, civil society organizations, and industry in implementing access to information, public participation, and access to justice in decisions that affect the environment.
Democratizing Eminent Domain in East Africaby , , and -
Opening the Door To Environmental Democracy
Voice and Choice finds that governments have made significant progress in establishing the legal infrastructure of rights and opportunities for “access”. Constitutions and laws now guarantee freedom of information in more than 69 countries. Many governments have enacted administrative processes...