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We envision a world where natural resources enable fair, prosperous and sustainable societies, instead of undermining them.
NRGI exists because decisions about how natural resources are governed determine the wellbeing of people in resource-rich countries, and of the planet.
We support informed, inclusive decision-making about natural resources and the energy transition.
We partner with reformers in government and civil society to design and implement just policies based on evidence and the priorities of citizens in resource-rich developing countries.
We seek to address power imbalances, both nationally and globally. Our approach accounts for political realities, and advances equity in voice, influence and access to information.
Our independent, non-profit organization provides policy advice and advocacy infused with lessons learned in specific country contexts and with insights developed through rigorous research. We share our knowledge and experience freely with policy-makers, accountability actors, and the global campaign for improved international norms. We are particularly well-placed to convene reform-oriented dialogue and to engage in constructive policy advocacy.
We are presently deepening our efforts in a select number of priority countries, focusing on the energy transition and critical aspects of the natural resource decision chain, based on country needs and demand. Evaluations of our work show that we have greater impact if we engage with diverse change agents across the decision chain in fewer countries, rather than with limited interventions across many countries. We are concentrating our financial and human resources more strategically in high-impact programs in particular countries, and we also engage in global issues related to governance in natural resources.
We embrace multi-stakeholder approaches and remained focused on our core competencies, such as the measurement and assessment of natural resource governance, drawing on our signature initiatives like the Resource Governance Index and the Natural Resource Charter. At the country level we provide training, technical assistance and support on how to deliver transparency and accountability, including through implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and the use of data; strengthening fiscal systems; reform of state-owned enterprises; and improvements in the management of resource revenues. We also promote the uptake of global norms of transparency and governance. We seek to produce measurable change in the direction of more effective and more open management of natural resources.
NRGI’s work is funded by philanthropic organizations and national governments. We have registered offices in Accra, Dar es Salaam, Lima, London, New York, and Washington, D.C., and further staff presence in Belgium, Bolivia, Cameroon, Canada, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.
We invite people of all identities, including those from marginalized groups, to come together in support of our mission. We strive for an NRGI where staff can be themselves at work, feel that they belong, and are equipped to succeed. Achieving meaningful diversity, equity and inclusion—together—is among our highest priorities.