The Responsive Forest Governance Initiative (RFGI) is a research program focused on environmental governance in Africa. RFGI is jointly managed by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy (SDEP) Program of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). RFGI was generously supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). RFGI has focused on local representation in climate adaptation and mitigation in the forestry sector in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda, with comparative cases in Nepal and Peru. The 35 working papers that have come from the RGI research program from 2011 to 2015 are now all available online.
The main topics of the publications include Learning from projects to improve conservation interventions, Sharing the benefits of forest resources, Improving representation of local people and Carbon forestry, including REDD+.
The papers are also available through IUCN