Sri Lanka is placed in ‘critical’ risk band with Libya, Syria, Eretria, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, DRC and Yemen by Transparency International UK’s Defence and Security Programme (TI-DSP) new report.
Its new report ‘Watchdogs?’ measures legislative oversight of the defence sector in 82 countries worldwide, drawing on results from the 2013 Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index.
Each legislature was scored in seven distinct categories based on findings from the Government Index and placed in one of six risk bands based on their scores. By assessing transparency and oversight practices related to budget, policy, auditing and intelligence services, the report measures how well legislatures exercise their deliberative, legislative and oversight powers over the defence sector.
Of 82 legislatures, 52 were placed in ‘high’, ‘very high’, and ‘critical’ risk bands, while 14 were placed in the ‘moderate’ risk band and 12 placed into the ‘low’ risk band. Only four legislatures were placed in the ‘very low’ band, the lowest risk rating.
“Most legislatures are failing voters by not acting as proper watchdogs of this huge sector. Whether the problems are due to the political environment, poor legislation, or poor commitment by parliamentarians, the good practice examples in this study can help them improve.” says TI-DSP Director, Mark Pyman.
Ti says; “By exercising strong and effective oversight over defence policy, procurement and the intelligence services, legislatures can ensure that the government acts in the public interest and hold their state executives to account.”
Former South African MP Andrew Feinstein shares his thoughts about parliamentary oversight in the defence sector.