Vision and Mission


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

The National Research Institute is mandated by legislation to carry out independent research and analysis on development issues affecting PNG. The National Research Institution Act (1993) states that the functions of the 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.” (section 5)


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.