Constructive Engagement Is My Priority – NRGI Africa Director

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The newly appointed Africa Director of the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), Nafi Chinery has as a mater of priority identified the pursuit of accountability and transparency through constructive engagement across Africa’s extractive sector value chain in a bid to shape a suitable energy transition for the continent’s future.

According to her, constructive engagement with all stakeholders including governments, civil society, global bodies, vulnerable populations, communities and private sector actors as the continent transitions from dependence on hydrocarbons to a just and equitable transition to renewable energy across the continent promotes policies and practices for a thriving future.

“In this new role, my vision is to prioritize transparency and accountability across the extractive sector value chain and help shape a sustainable energy future for Africa. This means actively promoting a just and equitable transition to renewable energy across the continent.

It requires constructive engagement with governments, key regional and global institutions, civil society, local communities, vulnerable populations, and the private sector to promote policies and practices that enable African countries and citizens to thrive in the future.

From minerals needed for green technology to building economic futures beyond oil, this transition is critical to addressing the twin challenges of climate change and energy poverty in Africa” Nafi Chinery stated.

Ms Nafi who said these in response to her announcement as the new Africa Director of  the  global independent Non-Governmental Organisation, NRGI epressed delight at the opportunity to work with like-minded people in finding solution to the resource governance challenges facing the continent.

 “I’m incredibly excited to take on the role of Africa director at NRGI. This is a chance to work with some of the most talented and committed people in the field to help shape the future of natural resource governance across the continent and make a meaningful difference in the lives of Africans” Ms Nafi stated.

President and Chief Executive Officer of NRGI, Suneeta Kaimal in a press release issued by the communications directorate of the organization named Nafi Chinery as the Africa Director describing her as a ‘’strategic leader, a dynamic ambassador and an innovative implementor” who has demonstrated her ambition and vision for the Africa program of NRGI to ensure that it achieves its vision of promoting and inclusive and sustainable resource governance for the benefit of citizens of the African continent.

According to the release dated March, 27, 2023, Nafi is expected to develop and coordinate relationship with African governments, regional institutions, civil society and all relevant stakeholders for an effective public dialogue and innovation for the effective management of their extractives and how the continent can accelerate an equitable energy transition.

“We are thrilled to name Nafi as our new Africa director,” said Suneeta Kaimal, president and CEO of NRGI. “Since joining NRGI in 2017, Nafi has been a strategic leader, a dynamic ambassador and an innovative implementor. In her service as interim Africa director since November 2022, she has demonstrated her ambition and vision for our Africa program.

 Nafi is the right leader to ensure that NRGI deepens engagements with women and vulnerable communities, and supports the strong African movement to accelerate a just energy transition and manage natural resources accountably in the interest of citizens.

 In her position Chinery will oversee NRGI’s programming across sub-Saharan Africa, including country programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.  She will develop and coordinate relationships with governments, regional institutions, civil society actors and communities, focused on spurring public dialogue and innovation about the management of the oil, gas and mining sectors and how Africa can accelerate an equitable energy transition” the statement indicated.

The new Africa Director who serves as a member of NRGI’s global institutional leadership team and co-leads NRGI’s working group on just energy transition expressed excitement at her new role.

At NRGI, Chinery served first as Ghana country manager, before rising to the role of manager of the organization’s programs across Anglophone West Africa.

Prior to NRGI, she worked with Oxfam GB and the African Women’s Development Fund, a pan-African grant-making foundation supporting women’s rights organizations.

She is currently a steering committee member of the Ghana Open Extractive Program and the Ghana chapter of the Open Government Partnership, an advisory team member of PPA Watch and a board member of the Institute of Energy Securities in Ghana.

She has worked for more than 25 years in the civil society sector, dedicated to social justice, movement building, advocacy, multi-sector engagement, research and analysis.

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