About NRGI

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) helps people to realize the benefits of their countries’ endowments of oil, gas and minerals. We do this through technical advice, advocacy, applied research, policy analysis, and capacity development. We work with innovative agents of change within government ministries, civil society, the media, legislatures, the private sector, and international institutions to promote accountable and effective governance in the extractive industries.


Our independent, non-profit organization provides policy advice and advocacy infused with lessons learned in the field and with insights developed through rigorous research. We share our knowledge and experience freely with policymakers, 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 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 New York, Accra, Beirut, Lima and London, and further staff presence in Cameroon, Guinea, Iraq, Indonesia, Libya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and Tunisia.