Launch statement by PNG NRI Acting Director Dr. Osborne Sanida

LAUNCH OF TWO REPORTS ON POST-BOUGAINVILLE REFERENDUM ERA

Launch Statement by PNG NRI Acting Director Dr. Osborne Sanida

Thursday 21 January 2021

In a Referendum conducted in December 2019, as provided for in the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA) of 2001, ninety eight percent (98%) of the people who voted, chose ‘Independence’ over ‘Greater Autonomy’ for Bougainville. As required by the BPA, the outcome of the Referendum is subject to ratification by the National Parliament following consultation with the Bougainville Government.

The Bougainville Referendum Research Project at the PNG NRI commissioned two independent research reports to inform critical developments in the Post Referendum era. One report discusses possible institutional arrangements to assist negotiations on Bougainville’s political future whilst the other looks at ideas on raising adequate revenues for the Bougainville Government to achieve fiscal independence.

We are now pleased to launch these reports and have them available for public discourse.

Research Report 8: Institution Building in Post Referendum Bougainville
This report was undertaken by Professor Cheryl Saunders and Dr. Anna Dziedzic from the Constitutional Transformation Network of the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, Australia. The report looks at the possible institutional requirements for governance in post-referendum Bougainville. The primary target audience for this report is those engaged in the consultations between the Bougainville and PNG Governments following the referendum.

Research Report 9: Increasing Revenues for the Bougainville Government
This report was undertaken by a team of economists from Canberra: Professor Satish Chand, Professor Ronald Duncan and Dr. Theodore Levantis. The report looks at how the Bougainville Government can increase its revenues so that Bougainville can increase revenues for its budget and achieve economic independence.

The contents of the reports have been presented to key stakeholders in a Zoom Conference in October of 2020. This was to allow feedback for the research teams to refine their reports. Videos of the presentations made by the research teams can be accessed via links provided on the PNG NRI website (https://pngnri.org) and on the PNG NRI Social Media platforms.

Additionally, two Commentaries, one on each of the reports outlining the contents of the reports and the main focus and messages from the reports have been posted on the PNG NRI website and on its social media pages. Furthermore, the Executive Summary of the two reports have been extracted and posted for reference.

Thank you the media for the important role you play in the dissemination of the reports. Should you require any further information, the BRRP team can also be contacted on email: referendum.research@pngnri.org or on phone: +675 326 0061/ +675 326 0300 for any other information.

Finally, on behalf of the NRI Council and Management, I would like to thank everyone involved in producing these reports. In particular, the authors of the reports; the BRRP team led by Dr. Thomas Webster; all persons involved in the logistics and administrative work at PNG NRI and external partners; and the Government of PNG and Bougainville Government.


Research reports are written at the culmination of a major program of research. These titles are the top of the range publications of academic excellence. They contain empirical research data and interpretation of such research including references to existing literature on the subject or topic.

Research Report No. 09. Increasing revenues for the Bougainville Government
Research Report No. 08. Institution building in post-referendum Bougainville
Research Report No. 07. Greater autonomy and independence for Bougainville: Institutional options and issues for transition
Research Report No. 06. Status and Implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement and Implication for Referendum
Research Report No. 05. Bougainville Referendum Outcome Issues
Research Report No. 04. Options for Bougainville's Autonomy Arrangement: A study from a global comparative perspective
Research Report No. 03. Financing for Fiscal Autonomy: Fiscal self-reliance in Bougainville
Research Report No. 02. Independence Referendum: History, practice and outcomes
Research Report No. 01. Administration of Referendums: A comparative study of independence referendums



These titles provide a progressive presentation of preliminary findings from large research projects, or present the findings of smaller research projects. Discussion papers are a key PNG NRI tool to update the policy community on policy research. They can be used to present and discuss issues surrounding a particular topic of interest in detail. It informs people of a research outcome in that both sides of the topic being debated must be discussed thoroughly using evidence from reliable research.

Discussion Paper No.180. Review and forecast of the PNG economy: December 2018 report
Discussion Paper No.179. Review and forecast of the PNG economy: Mid-year 2018 report
Discussion Paper No.178. Challenges and critical factors affecting women in the 2017 national elections: Case of Lae and Huon Gulf
Discussion Paper No.177. Productivity of coffee farmers’ cooperatives in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea: Evidence from survey data
Discussion Paper No.176. Visitors’ preferences for improved recreation experience at an urban nature park: Evidence from Port Moresby Nature Park
Discussion Paper No.175. Understanding financial inclusion of the informal economy: Case study of open market vendors in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No.174. Informal rental housing market in the National Capital District: A case study of Ensisis Valley

Discussion Paper No. 173. Urban water supply in Papua New Guinea: Overview of the challenges
Discussion Paper No. 172. Papua New Guinea’s extractive resource sector: Towards a policy of leaner tax incentives
Discussion Paper No. 171. Economic analysis of the housing rental market in formal and informal built areas of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 170. The perceived impact of corruption on employment growth of micro, small and medium enterprises in Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 169. Effects of legal and regulatory requirements on the performance of small and medium enterprises in Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 168. Economic regulation and electricity reform in Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 167. Public perceptions of housing benefits tax in Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 166. Towards sustainability: Lessons from Australia for PNG universities and research institutes about the commercialisation of landholdings 
Discussion Paper No. 165. Potential Public Private Partnership Strategy for Promoting Effective Housing Delivery in Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 164. Review and forecast of the PNG economy: December 2016 issue
Discussion Paper No. 163. Is District Development Authority an effective decentralised government mechanism to improve service delivery?
Discussion Paper No. 162. Use and impact of ICT on SMEs in PNG: An empirical analysis and implications for policy
Discussion Paper No. 161. Understanding the records management system of land court in Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 160. A review of the implementation of the National Land Development Program in Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 159. Understanding the dynamics of the informal economy: Open market services and vendor concerns in the National Capital District
Discussion Paper No. 158. Dynamics of market prices for residential properties in Papua New Guinea: Evidence from Port Moresby 
Discussion Paper No. 157. Prospects and challenges in private sector provision of housing in Papua New Guinea: Lessons from Edai Town Development
Discussion Paper No. 156. Understanding gender dynamics of the informal economy: The case of open markets in Port Moresby
Discussion Paper No. 154. Papua New Guinea's public service delivery framework at subnational levels

Discussion Paper No. 153. Review and Forecast of the PNG Economy: July 2016 Issue

Discussion Paper No. 150. How do perceived obstacles to operation and expansion relate to subjective measures of enterprise performance? Evidence from a 

                                            survey of SMEs in Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 149. Property and housing policy development
Discussion Paper No. 146. A scoping study to provide an assessment of SME policy priority areas for Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 145. Improving urban development in Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 144. Mid-year review and forecast of the PNG economy
Discussion Paper No. 143. Political governance and service delivery in Papua New Guinea: A strategic review of current and alternative governance systems
Discussion Paper No. 142. Taxation policies and practices affecting businesses and individuals in Papua New Guinea: Options for reform
Discussion Paper No. 141. Women's market participation and potential for business advancement: A case study of women traders in Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 140. Teachers' perceptions of teacher appointments in the West Sepik Province
Discussion Paper No. 137. Teachers' perceptions of teacher appointments in the Milne Bay Province
Discussion Paper No. 136. Teachers' perceptions of teacher appointments in the East New Britain Province
Discussion Paper No. 135. Teachers perceptions' of teacher appointments in the Central Province
Discussion Paper No. 134. Teachers' perceptions of teacher appointments in the Simbu Province
Discussion Paper No. 133. Teacher appointment in the East Sepik Province
Discussion Paper No. 131. Social sustainability in Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 129. Population and sustainable development research framework
Discussion Paper No. 128. Provincial development planning in Papua New Guinea: An appraisal
Discussion Paper No. 125. Universal Basic Education Policy Research Framework: A focal point for research, monitoring and evaluation
Discussion Paper No. 124. Lode shedding: A case study of the economic benefits to the landowners, the provincial government, and the state from Porgera Mine
Discussion Paper No. 123. Methodology for monitoring the effectiveness of land tenure reforms in Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 122. The national land research framework for the Papua New Guinea National Land Development Program
Discussion Paper No. 121. Addressing alcohol abuse in Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 120. Community Empowerment Policy Research Framework
Discussion Paper No. 119. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation of forests in Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 118. The administration of Special Purpose Agriculture and Business Leases
Discussion Paper No. 117. Community-driven development: A case study of the Domil Community
Discussion Paper No. 116. Lae District 2017: Pupil enrolment data verification
Discussion Paper No. 115. Positioning population in sustainable development: The case of Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 114. Foreign aid and the fiscal behaviour of the Government of Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 113. Optimising the use of budget windfall revenues
Discussion Paper No. 111. Improving the electoral roll and voter identification in Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 110. Creation of a Sovereign Wealth Fund: Submission to the Department of Treasury and the Bank of Papua New Guinea Joint Sovereign
                                            Wealth Fund Working Group
Discussion Paper No. 109. Urban poverty in Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 104. The institutional, economic, and ecological sustainability of plastics recycling in Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 103. Bougainville autonomy: Implications for governance and decentralisation
Discussion Paper No. 101. Economic policy making in Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 100. Rape and social identity
Discussion Paper No. 99. The implications of the Defence White Paper
Discussion Paper No. 98. Plastics and their environmental impacts
Discussion Paper No. 97. The establishment of community justice centres in Papua New Guinea: A collaborative strategy for action
Discussion Paper No. 96. The exchange rate question of a soft currency
Discussion Paper No. 95. Landowners' mineral rent-quest and use in Papua New Guinea
Discussion Paper No. 92. Women and security in Port Moresby



An Issues paper is an essay written on a specific topic in order to persuade readers to accept the author’s opinion about the issue at hand. It is often written in a way that could stimulate debate on the issue. The author’s opinion must be supported with evidence and a strong and clearly reasoned argument. Topics for an Issues paper include: Submissions to departments or government committees; Major policy speeches by influential commentators; Policy briefs requested by decision-makers; Information papers; Opinion-based pieces; and, Options papers, which weigh up different directions on key policy issues.

Issues Paper 35. The road from the 2019 National Budget to the 2020 National Budget and the economic implications
Issues Paper 34. Children with disabilities must be considered in access to education in Papua New Guinea
Issues Paper 33. The challenges to tax revenue collection by the Autonomous Bougainville Government
Issues Paper 32. Issues potentially emanating from the voting in the Bougainville Referendum
Issues Paper 31. Generating internal revenues and employment from the tuna industry for Bougainville
Issues Paper 30. Possible scenarios for future governance arrangements in Bougainville
Issues Paper 29. Challenges of communicating sensitive issues in fragile settings: Literature review for the Bougainville Referendum Research Project
Issues Paper 28. Road construction employment in Papua New Guinea
Issues Paper 27. Disorderly development: The case of Konebada Petroleum Park Authority
Issues Paper 26. What’s wrong with the (draft) integrated rural development policy for Papua New Guinea?
Issues Paper 25. The informal economy in Papua New Guinea: Scoping review of literature and areas for further research
Issues Paper 24. Recent developments regarding non-citizen technical advisers in Papua New Guinea
Issues Paper 23. Papua New Guinea's drive to provide affordable housing: Are we ready?
Issues Paper 22. Why do so few Pacific Islanders take advantage of opportunities in Papua New Guinea's labour market?
Issues Paper 21. Papua New Guinea's work permit system and non-citizen workforce
Issues Paper 20. Managing fiscal challenges in contemporary Papua New Guinea
Issues Paper 19. Assessment of market prices for residential properties in Port Moresby: Do location and property type matter?
Issues Paper 18. Land planning, development and management: Lessons from the Australian Capital Territory
Issues Paper 17. Papua New Guinea Sovereign Wealth Fund: The eficacy of the withdrawal formula
Issues Paper 16. Review of the Legislation establishing the Sovereign Wealth Fund in Papua New Guinea
Issues Paper 15. Road management reform: The Papua New Guinea Road Fund and National Roads Authority
Issues Paper 14. Understanding property price movements in Port Moresby: Lessons from a price tracking experiment
Issues Paper 07. Use of land leases as collateral for accessing formal sector finance in Papua New Guinea



This title informs and stimulates thinking and discussion on key social, economic, and development issues and policies. Spotlight articles can have several objectives: Inform of different perspectives on development initiatives; provide a forum for alternative views on policy matters; propose preferred alternatives or courses of actions; advocate a new development policy, ideal, or paradigm; contest poor or ill-conceived development policies; stimulate dialogue or debate between stakeholders in relation to a development policy; respond promptly to a questionable development policy, issue, or problem; and influence or facilitate informed decision making.

Spotlight V.13, No.17. COVID-19 pandemic as perceived by residents of informal-built areas segment of Port Moresby
Spotlight V.13, No.16. Government should consider removing barriers that restrict small and medium-sized enterprises to access bank loans
Spotlight V.13, No.15. Strategic options to implement school examinations during COVID-19
Spotlight V.13, No.14. Potential impact of COVID-19 on persons with disabilities in Papua New Guinea
Spotlight V.13, No.13. Benefits of the Tuition Fee Free Policy as perceived by Port Moresby residents
Spotlight V.13, No.12. Challenges and prospects of urban water supply in Papua New Guinea
Spotlight V.13, No.11 Is Papua New Guinea a Christian State? Evidence from the Constitution
Spotlight V.13, No.10. Potential strategy to boost aggregate demand for goods and services in Papua New Guinea during the COVID-19 pandemic
Spotlight V.13, No.9. COVID-19 and the PNG economy: Potential impacts of the K5.7 Billion economic stimulus package on the 2020 National Budget
Spotlight V.13, No.8. The impact of Coronavirus pandemic on access to public transport in Papua New Guinea
Spotlight V.13, No.7. The potential impact of COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable groups
Spotlight V.13, No.6. The potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the exchange rate in Papua New Guinea
Spotlight V.13, No.5. Preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea schools: Is it time to reopen schools?
Spotlight V.13, No.4. The impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods in the informal economy in Papua New Guinea
Spotlight V.13, No.3. Potential impact of COVID-19 on water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) in Papua New Guinea
Spotlight V.13, No.2. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Papua New Guinea’s international trade
Spotlight V.13, No.1. Status of inclusive education in Papua New Guinea
Spotlight V.12, No.13. Papua New Guinea’s drive to promote micro, small and medium enterprises: Corruption in the public sector must be tackled 
Spotlight V.12, No.12. Why a temporary special measure is needed in Papua New Guinea’s Parliament
Spotlight V.12, No.11. Potential strategy for addressing electoral irregularities in Papua New Guinea: Evidence from women in the 2017 national election study
Spotlight V.12, No.10. Access to a market facility should be considered before its development in Papua New Guinea
Spotlight V.12, No.9. Understanding commercial and development objectives in the delivery of electricity in Papua New Guinea
Spotlight V.12, No.8. Cocoa levy has the potential to broaden Bougainville’s tax base
Spotlight V.12, No.7. An affordable house rent scheme must be considered in housing delivery in Papua New Guinea’s cities and towns
Spotlight V.12, No.6. Papua New Guinea's drive for an improved land administration system: Are we ready?
Spotlight V.12, No.5. How much would people pay for a three-bedroom house in Port Moresby?
Spotlight V.12, No.4. The records management system of land court is in a dire state: What are the issues?
Spotlight V.12, No.3. Are the requirements of the first home ownership scheme user friendly?
Spotlight V.12, No.2. Affordability of houses provided by housing schemes must be considered before implementation in Papua New Guinea
Spotlight V.12, No.1. Potential Public-Private Partnership Arrangements for Boosting Affordable Housing Delivery in Papua New Guinea
Spotlight V.11, No.1. The deficiencies in the Companies Act (1997) of Papua New Guinea: Does it promote equitable distribution of benefits among landowners? 
Spotlight V.10, No.9. Potential impacts of development projects on house sales and rent prices must be considered before implementation in Papua New Guinea
Spotlight V.10, No.8. Private developers have the potential to provide trunk infrastructure in Papua New Guinea: Evidence from Edai Town Development
Spotlight V.10, No.7. Trunk infrastructure must be established before houses are constructed: Lessons from the Duran Farm housing project in Port Moresby
Spotlight V.10, No.6. The log export development levy in Papua New Guinea: Are we using it to develop infrastructure?
Spotlight V.10, No.5. Services supplied by Papua New Guinea's forests that are not traded on markets should be considered in land use decisions: Why and how?
Spotlight V.10, No.4. Issuance of state leases in Papua New Guinea must follow proper procedures: Evidence from a National Court of Justice Decision
Spotlight V.10, No.3. Housing allowance for public servants in Papua New Guinea: Does it meet housing affordability criteria?
Spotlight V.10, No.2. Adverse impacts of climate change in Papua New Guinea: Are we ready to adapt and manage disasters?
Spotlight V.10, No.1. Accessibility of customary land for residential property development in Papua New Guinea: Challenges and prospects
Spotlight V.9, No.7. Rice import quota system in Papua New Guinea
Spotlight V.9, No.6. Potential gains from the development of a viable residential property market in Papua New Guinea
Spotlight V.9, No.4. Improving housing development in Papua New Guinea
Spotlight V.9, No.3. Can public participation improve urban planning in Papua New Guinea? Lessons from the Fairfax Harbour design idea competition
Spotlight V.9, No.2. Port Moresby's roads: Are they pedestrian friendly?
Spotlight V.9, No.1. Why the foreign currency crisis in PNG is almost entirely up to the Government to sort out
Spotlight V.8, No.4. PNG's 2015 Sovereign Wealth Fund Bill: Key weaknesses and proposals for improvement
Spotlight V.8, No.3. Papua New Guinea's drive for self-sufficiency in food production: Are we ready?
Spotlight V.7, No.2. A lost decade? Service delivery and reforms in Papua New Guinea 2002-2012
Spotlight V.7, No.1. PNG's Sovereign Wealth Fund: The critical elements 



From time to time, PNG NRI may publish research in a format which does not align with the recognised formats discussed above. While ‘other’ publications should adopt the PNG NRI style, specific details are subject to discussion between the author and Deputy Director (Research).

Central Province: 2009 provincial and district universal basic education profile
Eastern Highlands Province: 2009 provincial and district universal basic education profile

Enga Province: 2009 provincial and district universal basic education profile

East Sepik Province: 2009 provincial and district universal basic education profile

Gulf Province: 2009 provincial and district universal basic education profile

Milne Bay Province: 2009 provincial and district universal basic education profile

Autonomous region of Bougainville: 2009 provincial and district universal basic education profile

A review and assessment of the benefit-sharing arrangements of large-scale mining activities in Wau-Bulolo, Papua New Guinea
(Development Perspectives Paper No. 1)
Provincial estimates of key population groups 2018–2022

Proceedings of the 2014 Papua New Guinea Tax Review and Research Symposium
(Special Report)
Papua New Guinea Journal of Education (Volume 41, No.1. 2014)
Papua New Guinea's development performance 1975-2008 (Monograph No. 41)
Between cash and conviction: The social context of the Bismark-Ramu Integrated Conservation and Development Project (Monograph No. 33)
The political economy of forest management in Papua New Guinea (Monograph No. 32)
Better managing the performance and condition of Pacific towns and cities: The case for Pacific urbanisation development goals and indicators (Special Publication No. 66)  
Elections and political development in the Eastern Highlands Province 1964-2007 (Special Publication No. 65)
Fisheries policy and management in Papua New Guinea
(Special Publication No. 64)
Bio-behavioural sentinel surveillance survey among men and women attending Lae Friends STI Clinic 2008 (Special Publication No. 54)
The 2007 Papua New Guinea National General Elections: Domestic observation report (Special Publication No. 52)
Options for the restructure of decentralised government in Papua New Guinea (Special Publication No. 50)
Improving access to land within settlements of Port Moresby (Special Publication No. 49)
Mt. Hagen community crime survey, 2006 (Special Publication No. 44)
Lae community crime survey, 2005 (Special Publication No. 43)
Highlands Highway crime survey, 2005 (Special Publication No. 42)
Bougainville community crime survey, 2005 (Special Publication No. 41)
Port Moresby community crime survey, 2005 (Special Publication No. 40)
Economic development planning in Papua New Guinea: A review of the MTDS, 2005-2010 (Special Publication No. 38)
Dilemmas of development: The social and economic impact of the Porgera gold mine, 1989-1994 (Special Publication No. 25)
Papua New Guinea: A 20/20 Vision (Special Publication No. 22)



IASER Discussion Paper, No.90. The dynamics of industrial relations in the Papua New Guinea mining industry: Implications for trade union strategies
IASER Discussion Paper, No.88. The development problem in Papua New Guinea: An indigenous perspective
IASER Discussion Paper, No.87. Youth, crime, and rural development in Papua New Guinea: A model for grassroots community projects
IASER Discussion Paper, No.86. Institutional rural finance in Papua New Guinea: Lessons from the failure and the need for reforms
IASER Discussion Paper, No.85. Issues in mineral exploitation in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.84. The origins of the 'Free education policy' in Papua New Guinea: A case study in the formulation and implementation of education policy
IASER Discussion Paper, No.83. The trend in planning for sustainable development in Papua New Guinea: What is missing?
IASER Discussion Paper, No.82. From rhetoric to reality
IASER Discussion Paper, No.81. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition: Criminal group surrender in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.80. A socioeconomic survey of the Cape Rodney smallholder development project
IASER Discussion Paper, No.79. Price policy analysis: The case of coffee in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.78. Becoming a Papua New Guinean
IASER Discussion Paper, No.76. The sustainability of Papua New Guinea's forest resource
IASER Discussion Paper, No.75. The establishment of the Corrective Institution branch, and Australian colonial detainee rehabilitation policies in TPNG goals 1950-1975
IASER Discussion Paper, No.74. An evaluation of the effectiveness and relevance of the commodity price stabilisation schemes in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.72. Wantoks and relatives in the urban Pacific
IASER Discussion Paper, No.71. The informal sector and household reproduction in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.70. Forest policy and conservation of Papua New Guinea's forests: A critique
IASER Discussion Paper, No.69. Effectiveness of the Papua New Guinean Environmental Planning Act 1978 in forestry timber projects
IASER Discussion Paper, No.68. The struggle for the oil pipeline in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.67. Privatisation in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.66. Crime, development and criminological research in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.65. Community school relations and the teacher
IASER Discussion Paper, No.64. Cultural diversity and the united Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.62. Informal finance in a semi-subsistence economy: A case study of Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.61. Perceptions of development by women of the Tari Basin, Southern Highlands Province: A sub-project of integrated
                                                     rural development programme evaluation in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.60. Decentralisation and the constitutional status of local-level government in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.59. Prospects of industrialisation as a strategy for economic development in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.55. National Government control of funding of provincial activities
IASER Discussion Paper, No.53. Papua New Guinea's prospects in ASEAN: An appraisal
IASER Discussion Paper, No.52. Traditional birth attendants in Papua New Guinea: An interim report
IASER Discussion Paper, No.51. Social implications of population growth in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.50. The impact of net migration between independence and the 1980 Census on the age and sex structure of Papua New Guinea provinces
IASER Discussion Paper, No.49. Spatial inequalities in Papua New Guinea: A district-level analysis
IASER Discussion Paper, No.48. Foreign aid in Papua New Guinea: Policy issues and perspectives
IASER Discussion Paper, No.47. Incentive legislation and the pioneer industries in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.46. Family planning in Goroka District 1976-1981
IASER Discussion Paper, No.45. A policy approach to import substitution for Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.43. An analysis of effective exchange rate changes in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.42. Subsistence agriculture and nutrition in Papua New Guinea: A research review
IASER Discussion Paper, No.41. Customary and corporate models for women's development organisations
IASER Discussion Paper, No.39. Appropriate organisation: Development demands on organisational design in integrated rural development projects
IASER Discussion Paper, No.38. Child survival, fertility and population policy: Implications of an analysis of provincial-level 1971 Census data
IASER Discussion Paper, No.37. A summary of the IASER Conference on alcohol use and abuse in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.36. Cult movements and community development associations: Revolution and evolution in the Papua New Guinea countryside
IASER Discussion Paper, No.35. Traditional conservation in Papua New Guinea: Implications for today
IASER Discussion Paper, No.34. Initial report on the IASER conference: What do we do about plantations?
IASER Discussion Paper, No.33. A history of prohibition and liquor legislation in Papua New Guinea, 1884 - 1963
IASER Discussion Paper, No.32. Infant mortality decline in the post-war period: A further application of Feeney's method to Papua New Guinea data
IASER Discussion Paper, No.31. Levels of infant mortality in Papua New Guinea's urban centres: A note
IASER Discussion Paper, No.30. Expenditure on alcohol in Port Moresby households
IASER Discussion Paper, No.29. Aid from the receipient's viewpoint: Disturbing possibilities for Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.28. The Plantation Redistribution Scheme: A case study of Matupi Plantation in the Madang Province
IASER Discussion Paper, No.27. The building industry in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.26. Facing the facts: The need for policies for permanent urban residents
IASER Discussion Paper, No.25. Rural-urban relationships in Papua New Guinea: Case material from the Gulf Province on net flows
IASER Discussion Paper, No.24. Fertility change in Papua New Guinea during the late 1960s: Evidence from the 1966 and 1971 Censuses
IASER Discussion Paper, No.23. Stabilization policy in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.22. The 'Big-Man' Model reconsidered: Power and stratification in Chimbu
IASER Discussion Paper, No.21. Recent urban growth in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.20. Monetary policies and options for domestic economic stabilization in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.19. Fiscal responses to export instability in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.18. Policy-making for rural development
IASER Discussion Paper, No.17. Evolving patterns of population movement in Papua New Guinea with reference to policy implications
IASER Discussion Paper, No.16. Urban growth and unemplyment in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.15. The burden of agricultural export taxation in Papua New Guinea: A comparative analysis and a proposal
IASER Discussion Paper, No.14. The Rural Improvement Programme: Does it improve access?
IASER Discussion Paper, No.13. Imported inflation in Papua New Guinea, 1972-1976
IASER Discussion Paper, No.12. Reforming the government of Port Moresby
IASER Discussion Paper, No.11. Internal migration in Papua New Guinea: A statistical description
IASER Discussion Paper, No.10. Family planning in the Goroka area of the Eastern Highlands
IASER Discussion Paper, No.9. Regional association in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.8. The Artifact Industry: Maximising returns to producers
IASER Discussion Paper, No.7. The Papua Besena Movement: Papua Dainai, Tano Dainai, Mauri Dainai
IASER Discussion Paper, No.6. The growth of Goroka: Towards an interpretation of the past and a warning for the future
IASER Discussion Paper, No.5. The Community Corporation in Papua New Guinea
IASER Discussion Paper, No.4. A population policy for Papua New Guinea: Three papers presented at the launching of the Population Research Programme  
IASER Discussion Paper, No.3. The 1974/75 Rural Survey: A study of outmigration from fourteen villages in the East Sepik Province
IASER Discussion Paper, No.2. The introduction of a Village Court
IASER Discussion Paper, No.1. A Plea for Language Planning in Papua New Guinea



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Establishment and Mandate 

The Papua New Guinea National Research Institute (PNG NRI) was established as the  New  Guinea Research Unit (NGRU) of the Australian National University in 1961. When  PNG gained  independence in 1975, the NGRU became the Institute for Applied Social and  Economic  Research (IASER), and in 1993 was officially recognised as the National  Research Institute. The  PNG NRI is an independent statutory authority established by an  Act of Parliament in 1988 and  confirmed by the IASER (Amendment) Act 1993 to conduct  independent policy research into  economic and social development issues affecting PNG.

PNGNRITaglineThe Act states that the functions of the PNG NRI are:“(a) the promotion of research into  Papua  New Guinea society and the economy”, and in particular “(b), the undertaking of  research into  social, political and economic problems of Papua New Guinea in order to  enable practical  solutions to such problems to be formulated.”

Vision and Mission

  • The Papua New Guinea National Research Institute (PNG NRI) is recognised among the  leading public policy think tanks in the Asia – Pacific region.
  • The Papua New Guinea National Research Institute will 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.

Motto

PNG NRI is committed to inquiring, informing and influencing Papua New Guinea’s future through  conducting cutting-edge policy research, the facilitation of public dialogue, and influencing decision  making.

We inquire, to better understand problems.

We inform, to help others understand those problems.

We influence, advocating for effective public policies based on research and evidence.