PNG NRIlogea

The PNG National Research Institute (PNG NRI) is mandated by legislation to carry out independent research and analysis on development issues affecting Papua New Guinea.


The Papua New Guinea National Research Institute will provide quality research that contributes to evidence-based public policies and decision-making processes that improve service delivery, leading to a better quality of life for all Papua New Guineans.



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

Knowledge Hubglass

The Knowledge Hub will be a physical precinct where leading thinkers, researchers, consultants, private sector players, and policymakers will meet and interact. The Knowledge Hub is envisioned to serve as a place of Inquiry (research and analysis), Informing (access and dissemination) and Influencing (shaping better public policy). The vision underpinning the framework is the intention to shape the PNG NRI into becoming one of the leading public policy think tanks within the Asia Pacific region.

Corporate Plancorporate

The PNG NRI Corporate Plan 2021-2023 provides a roadmap of activities to be implemented over the course of five years to gradually transform the PNG NRI into a Knowledge Hub that will subsequently enable the Institute to find a place among the leading think tanks within the Asia Pacific region as stipulated in the PNG NRI Strategic Plan. This corporate plan starts the implementation of the first phase of the strategic direction as articulated in the Strategic Plan. Click here to access the Strategic Plan and Corporate Plan 2021 - 2023




PNG NRI Waywater

The ‘PNG NRI Way’ defines how the Institute ‘gets things done’. It is the essence of the PNG NRI brand, and is encapsulated in the vision, mission and purpose outlined above. Underpinning the PNG NRI way are three core principles, which serve as a critical compass for the organisation.

  1. Integrity of Research, which is characterised by intellectual rigour, and by products that are empirical and contestable.
  2. Integrity of Operations, which are process-driven, non-discretionary and transparent.
  3. Independent Thinking, through the generation, articulation and respect of different ideas.