Before we can proceed to identify the oversight responsibility of Parliament in a democracy, it is imperative to be clear about what our own understanding of ‘democracy’ is. As a concept, democracy is innate and almost universally accepted as both ideal and a goal. It is foundationed on shared values of humanity in spite of cultural, social, political and economic differences which may exist between and among people. The pivotal object of democracy is to protect and promote the fundamental rights of the individual to achieve social justice, facilitate social and economic development of the communities, strengthen the cohesion of society and engender a congenial environment for sustainable peace, domestically and internationally.

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The Danquah Institute will on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 hold its 3rd edition of its flagship event, the Liberty Lecture, with the Minority Leader in Parliament, Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu delivering a paper on the theme “The Deficit in Parliamentary Scrutiny in the Fight Against Corruption”.

The lecture takes place at the Auditorium of the British Council at 5:00pm.

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The Minority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, yesterday stated that strengthening parliament’s financial oversight responsibilities is critical to combating “the evil enterprise of corruption which has become cancerous in Ghana.” He further noted that corruption hurts the poor disproportionately, by diverting scarce funds intended for development, undermining government’s ability to provide such basic services as potable water, schools, shelter, clinics, toilet facilities, farming inputs to the populace and thus aggravating inequality and injustice and thereby discouraging foreign aid and investment.

The Minority Leader made the observation when he delivered the 2013 Liberty Lecture at the Auditorium of the British Council on the theme: “The Deficit in Parliamentary Oversight in the Fight against Corruption.”

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The Foundation for Environmental Security and Sustainability (FESS) works to improve environmental security around the worl d, focusing in particular on the fragile relationship between populati ons and the environment in developing countries where many people are directly dependent on natura l resources for their livelihoods. FESS works with government officials, researchers, civil society organiza tions, and the private sector to increase awareness of how the mi smanagement and abuse of natural resources can lead to social, economic, and political in stabilities that can contribute to social tension and even violent conflict. To a ddress environmental ri sks to stability, FESS conducts research and implements community-d riven projects that promote sustainable management of natural resour ces and the environment.

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