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Fair and effective governance is critical to ensuring that development projects benefit people and the planet. Yet in many regions around the world, communities are regularly subjected to environmental and social injustices.

Inadequate or non-existent Freedom of Information laws leave communities without a say in the development decisions that directly impact them—such as approval of dams, highways, and oil and gas exploration. Weak property rights can result in impoverished people losing access to the land and natural resources they rely on for their livelihoods. Meanwhile, the impacts of climate change disproportionately affect the world’s impoverished communities.

WRI works to move governments, businesses, and institutions toward democratic principles in order to safeguard human rights. We aim to foster governance decisions that sustain natural resources, alleviate poverty, and improve quality-of-life.

WRI’s Access Initiative works to help citizens and NGOs acquire the information they need to hold governments accountable for their decisions. We develop analyses, strategies, and partnerships so that developing nations can become more resilient to climate change. And we produce rigorous research and innovative solutions to strengthen communities’ rights to land and natural resources.

Publications & Resources

Tjokorda Nirarta "Koni" Samadhi

Country Director, Indonesia

Prior to joining WRI, Koni worked as Deputy Minister Head of Indonesia’s President Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4) for 5 years. While in this position, Koni played...

Emily Roth

Project Coordinator, Electricity Governance Initiative

Emily is the Project Coordinator for the Electricity Governance Initiative (EGI) in WRI’s Governance Program. She manages the project’s grants, contracts, finances, communications, and outreach...

Ignacio Patron-Gonzalez

Land and Resource Rights Intern

Ignacio is supporting the Land and Resources Rights (LRR) project housed in WRI’s Governance Center of Excellence.

Ignacio is supporting the LLR initiative of an online, interactive...

WASHINGTON (January 22, 2015) – The World Resources Institute announced that Mark Robinson will be the global director for Governance. In this capacity, Robinson will direct WRI’s Governance Center and provide strategic and intellectual leadership, including around WRI’s analysis, strategy, fundraising and management. He will provide insights and guidance on governance issues across the institute.

Globalizing Sustainable Development

Between now and September 2015, when heads of state will gather for the UN General Assembly, we have a historic chance to set the world on a more sustainable path that will eradicate poverty and enhance prosperity for all.

Over the coming months, however, leaders must work together to set the world on the right course to realize this vision.

Irene Francis Fugara

Intern, Land and Resource Rights

Irene is an intern in the Governance Center working with the Land and Resources Rights (LRR) team. She works on a Tanzania based project on promotion of gender equitable and participatory...

Mark Robinson

Global Director, Governance

Mark is Global Director, Governance at WRI. In this capacity, Mark is responsible for leading WRI's Governance Center and providing strategic and intellectual leadership around analysis, strategy...


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