PNG National Research Institute (PNG NRI)

Building Community Empowerment and Resilience

The need for this seminar stemmed from the government realizing that the process of nationhood has resulted in a major shift in the social processes of communities resulting in a major shift away from close-knit traditional groups to a mixed and open society that has contributed to community fragmentation and people’s displacement.

NRI releases 2022 election observation report

It offers policy prescriptions on how public policy might be developed and carried out in response to different policy challenges.

The 2022 Election Observation Study was carried out under the ambit of this role.  

Using an ethnographical approach and focusing on seven electorates in the Highlands Region as cases in point, the report provides an account of what transpired in each electorate during the conduct of the 2022 National General Election (NGE).

Online Education Journal Launched

The journal’s last publication was over eight years ago, in 2014. Now, with generous funding support from Australia DFAT, the activities for the journal have commenced.

The Papua New Guinea Journal of Education (PNGJE) is an open access peer reviewed journal that is hosted at the PNG NRI, in Port Moresby. From a traditionally paper-based journal for over five decades, this year sees the PNGJE going online for the very first time.

Challenges In Housing Sector

According to findings collected through research by Dr Lindsay Kutan of the PNG National Research Institute, these challenges are reflective of the lack of a holistic National Housing Policy.

The report revealed that there is no clear direction by the government and the responsible housing agencies in the provision of adequate and affordable housing in the urban areas.

PNG NRI On Energy Reform Challenges

These include passing of the National Energy Bill (2020) with the immediate effect on creation of the National Energy Authority, a new entity that will oversee and coordinate all energy related matters including implementation of the National Energy Policy (2017-2027).

The PNG NRI is the recent Issues Paper #38 posed the question, “Do these reforms provide the right solution to harness the country’s potential and abundance in energy resources?”

Need to improve basic education, PNGNRI

This PNG NRI Spotlight Article Volume 15, Issue 4: Assessment of Universal Basic Education Key indicators for 2015 by Peter Michael Magury, Research Fellow, provides insights into the status of PNG’s universal basic education in 2015 using the following three key indicators:


The main aim of the MOU is to strengthen research and promote research collaboration and exchange between the two Institutions.

The MOU was signed by Dr. Osborne Sanida, Acting Director of PNG NRI, and Dr Francis Hualupmomi, Acting Secretary of DHERST.

The PNG NRI is a publicly-funded policy think-tank in Papua New Guinea (PNG) mandated by legislation to carry out independent research and analysis on development issues affecting PNG. The National Research Institute Act 1993, states that the functions of PNG NRI include the following:

PNG NRI, Council Members Sworn-In

The Council Members who were present at the ceremony were:

​System not benefiting PNGean workers

“The purpose of the Work Permit System, under which non-citizens are employed in PNG’s private sector, is to benefit businesses and Papua New Guinean workers,” reports the PNG National Research Institute (PNG NRI).

“In practice, there have been few benefits for Papua New Guinean workers. In particular, little skills transfer has taken place.

“Papua New Guinea (PNG) faces chronic skill shortages, particularly in technical areas. Under the Work Permit System, businesses can import skills to overcome these shortages.”

NRI will launch housing and property policy review

The report was completed with the support of the Department of Treasury and contains a comprehensive assessment of the sector.

The review covers policies from pre-independence to the present and highlights on the shortage of affordable housing to meet the needs of a rapidly growing urban population in the country.

The review will be launched on Tuesday (18th October) at the NRI Conference Centre in Port Moresby.