The Project on Resources and Governance (PRG) is a non-profit research initiative that applies insights from the social and behavioral sciences to find effective solutions to governance problems in resource-rich countries.

Resource Curse

A country’s natural resource wealth has the potential to advance economic and social development. Yet past research finds these resources are often mismanaged, leading to corruption, conflict, and poor accountability.

Scant Evidence

Civil society, governments, and the private sector have launched wide-ranging efforts to address these problems. There is scant evidence, however, about which efforts are effective.

Fostering Collaboration

When researchers and practitioners work together, using rigorous social science methods, they can identify what actually works and why. PRG partners with practitioners to design and test resource governance solutions.