The mission of the PNG National Research Institute is to provide quality research which contributes to evidence-based public policies and decision-making processes that improve service delivery, leading to better quality of life for all Papua New Guineans. The Bougainville Referendum Research Project sits under the Governance Program in the Research Division.
The project’s purpose is to undertake independent research that will generate information to inform discussions in preparation for the referendum so that the outcome is credible, respected by all parties and ensures a peaceful outcome for the people of Bougainville.
The PNG National Research Institute (PNG NRI) has commissioned seven (7) desktop studies.
The studies will generate impartial evidence to inform stakeholders in preparation for Referendum.
The seven (7) studies are:
The PNG National Research Institute, as an independent institution, works in researching and analysing strategic issues for national development. It considers the upcoming Bougainville Referendum to be a significant national event that will impact the wellbeing of the people of Bougainville and PNG.
It has commissioned international experts (independent researchers) to conduct desktop studies on key topics identified. The researchers are: