NRGI Strategy 2020-2025

Toward a resilient and sustainable future

For the one billion people living in poverty in resource-rich countries, the management of oil, gas and minerals can either improve or degrade the quality of life. The accelerating climate crisis and the devastating economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic present an unprecedented opportunity to address this decades-old challenge.

The Natural Resource Governance Institute supports countries to improve the lives of citizens - now and in the future.


We are an independent, global policy analysis and advocacy institute, working with partners to ensure that:

Countries rich in oil, gas and minerals achieve sustainable, inclusive development.

People receive lasting benefits—and experience reduced harms—from the extractive sector.

Who we are

For over a decade NRGI has worked to lift countries out of poverty by acting as a knowledge generator, convener of change-makers, trusted broker and capacity builder. We seize opportunities during moments of political openness to advance and sustain policy reform.

We believe in rigorous, evidence-driven, dialogue-based decision-making. Our work with in-country reformers and engagement with international influencers inform and reinforce one another.

Our expertise

NRGI focuses on governance reforms most critical to economic and environmental sustainability. We work to ensure that citizens can get a good deal for their countries’ resources and that authorities manage revenue effectively and accountably. We will help countries to navigate the energy transition, and to eliminate capture and corruption. Learn more about our areas of focus:



    Licensing and fiscal systems are transparent, fair and help countries maximize the revenues available for development spending.

    Laws, regulations and contracts
    Award of licenses
    Economic linkages
    State-owned enterprises
    Tax systems


    Extractive sector revenues are managed in ways that serve long-term public interest and the economic sustainability of public finances, rather than short-term political or private agendas.

    Fiscal rules
    State-owned enterprises


    Resource-rich countries advance rather than hinder the transition to cleaner energy. Countries rich in minerals critical to renewable energy do not replicate mis-governance in that subsector.

    Governance of critical minerals
    Stranded nations
    Domestic energy transition


    Governments and companies conduct sector operations in ways that reduce opportunities for corruption and capture, and anticorruption actors tackle extractive sector corruption more effectively.

    Corruption risks
    State capture by elites
  • Where we work

    NRGI works in countries where government actors are open to reform and where accountability actors can inform and support change. Our in-country presence in multiple resource-rich countries enables us to rapidly respond to needs and opportunities.

    Focus countries

    Colombia Dem. Rep. of Congo Ghana Guinea Mexico Mongolia Myanmar Nigeria Peru Senegal Tanzania Uganda Tunisia

    Focus regions

    Eurasia Middle East & North Africa

    NRGI’s country programs span five regions and a range of political, socioeconomic and developmental contexts. We are responsive to local circumstances and agendas, leveraging this diversity for learning and sharing lessons across our programs and with the wider resource governance field. We work in a limited number of countries because addressing complex governance challenges requires sustained, in-depth engagement.

    How we bring about change

    NRGI works to influence governments who lead the management of resources on behalf of citizens. At the international and national levels we focus on incentives that accelerate reform and mitigate disincentives that obstruct change.

  • Empowering agents of change

    Collective action in resource-rich countries—when civil society actors, policymakers and media work collaboratively—is the key to achieving and sustaining policy reform. We help those who lack information, access and capacity, and we build trust between actors.

  • Leveraging international influencers

    NRGI multiplies its impact by working with influential states, regional bodies, multilateral organizations, multi-stakeholder initiatives and industry actors to develop international norms and governance standards.

  • Improving the lives of citizens

    When governments implement policy reforms that are evidence-based and reflect informed public dialogue, they enable a more sustainable and resilient future.

  • Why NRGI?

    NRGI blends a targeted focus on resource-rich countries with a responsive approach to seizing reform opportunities. The challenges we seek to address are large and complex, so we work in partnership to amplify and leverage the work of others. To sustain reform beyond our interventions, we identify and empower change agents inside and outside of government. We have processes for learning and adaptation, to ensure our continued relevance, responsiveness and impact.

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