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Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)


NRGI is a non-profit policy institute and grant-making organization that promotes the effective, transparent, and accountable management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the public good. Through capacity building, technical assistance, research, and advocacy, NRGI helps countries realize the development benefits of their natural resource wealth.

Relying on a team of in-house lawyers, economists, and governance experts, and in frequent partnerships with other organizations, NRGI provides pro-bono, demand-driven expert advice to citizen groups, and government officials seeking to steer their countries toward more transparent, accountable, and effective management of oil and mineral resources.

Negotiation Support General

Regional focus:

NRGI has a global focus, with field offices serving Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, the Middle East/North Africa, Eurasia, and Asia-Pacific.

Assistance criteria:

Yes – Host government must be seeking to steer its country towards a more transparent, accountable and effective management of oil and mineral resources.

EITI membership not a pre-requisite, but preferred.

Sector focus:

Yes – the Extractive Industries (oil, gas and minerals).

Collaboration with partners:

Yes – NRGI regularly collaborates with the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP), and other partners such as the UNDP, Norad, the World Bank, OfD, ALSF, and the ACET.

Types of expertise:

Legal: NRGI has both a team of in-house lawyers, and collaborates with lawyers from the ISLP, or separately retained by the host-government.

There are currently five lawyers in the New York office, three of which have an extractive sector focus. Regional offices also have legal staff.

NRGI staff provide assistance to governments in formulating a negotiation strategy.

Economic/ financial analysis and modeling: NRGI has a team of in-house economists, but also draws on a roster of experts and collaborates with economists from partner organizations.

Geologists: No in-house geologists. However, NRGI does draw on its roster, partner with organizations that have geologists, or work with separate host-government appointed geologists.

Good governance: NRGI's work has extended to pilot revenue management and transparency programs with provincial and local governments.

Tendering: NRGI have assisted in design tendering and award rules.

Number of in-house experts:

NRGI currently has around 10 lawyers, economists and governance experts in its New York office, with additional experts in each of its regional hubs and organizational offices.

NRGI also maintains a roster of experts it can draw on, and often collaborates with partner organizations such as the ISLP, UNDP, and Norad in providing advice and/ or support to host governments or civil society groups.

Length of involvement:

NRGI provides both short term support such as trainings and longer term technical support.

Fee/non-fee based support:

Depends on the project. Some projects are covered by organizational funding, and/ or funding from partners. However, host governments may be requested to share a portion of the costs.

Speed of response:

Quick – starting from as little as two weeks.

Practical constraints:

NRGI’s ability to provide technical support in multiple countries is constrained as a function of available financial and human resources.

Types of negotiation support

Setting the Legal & Policy Framework Stage:

Yes - NRGI assists with policy formulation, reform of legal frameworks and sector analyses. NRGI provides technical assistance to governments in drafting mining and oil laws and in improving revenue management. NRGI has pioneered projects with local and district governments in countries where the national government shares revenues from natural resources.

Pre-Negotiation Stage:

NRGI pre-negotiation support is limited to training and capacity-building.

Contract Negotiation Stage:

NRGI assists governments with developing a negotiation strategy, assembling a negotiation team and in contract negotiations. NRGI has extensive experience in providing assistance to governments in their review of existing extractive industry contracts, planning for and assisting in the renegotiation of those contracts, and assessing the renegotiation process.

Implementation & Monitoring Stage:

Yes - NRGI also maintains a Revenue Governance Index which monitors and analyzes transparency practices in more than 40 countries. NRGI also provides extensive capacity building support to civil society groups, parliaments and other oversight actors on the analysis and monitoring of extractive-industry contracts.

Advancing Knowledge-Sharing and Management:

Through its research, NRGI is building a body of literature on best practices in the management of revenues, including contracting, oil fund laws, fiscal regimes for mining and effective parliamentary oversight. See NRGI’s Resource Center.

NRGI also publishes the Revenue Governance Index, analyzing transparency practices in more than 40 countries that are among the top producers of petroleum, gold, copper and diamonds.

NRGI is also creating digital tools to allow users to analyze and share data that can help advance better governance.

Provider Type:

Support Providers