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Devpolicy’s partnership with the National Research Institute (NRI) in Port Moresby began in 2011. We collaborated on the Promoting Effective Public Expenditure (PEPE) project in which we undertook a large survey of health and education facilities. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NRI and ANU was signed in December 2014 in order to deepen the research partnership. In addition to placing a senior researcher in NRI, the MoU envisages joint research, conferences and workshops, staff exchanges, as well as the exchange of information and publications.
Devpolicy Fellow Dr Carmen Voigt-Graf has been working at NRI since October 2014 as a Senior Research Fellow in the area of public resource management in the Economic Policy Research Program (EPRP). In this role, she has conducted research on labour markets and migration, and overseen commissioned research for NRI on the Sovereign Wealth Fund legislation and a scoping study to determine NRI’s future public finance management research.
Under the ANU-NRI partnership, joint research is progressing with staff from both institutions, including a project on employment issues related to provincial roads (and their maintenance) in PNG. The partnership is also responsive to NRI’s research agenda and annual workplan; a current research project under the partnership considers the employment and skills development effects of PNG’s LNG project. You can read more about Carmen’s research on the Devpolicy blog and learn more about Dr Matthew Dornan’s research on road management reform in PNG in this recent NRI Issues Paper.