SARWatch launches ground-breaking research on DRC gold trade
October 26th, 2014 - Dr. Claude Kabemba

Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Congolese raw gold -- mined, processed and exported -- circulates in the shadow economy operated by criminal, corrupt and often violent elites. At the same time, other gold resources that could provide important funding for the development of the Eastern Congo and the country at large, or create urgently needed jobs for Congolese, remain locked underground, unexploited.

Barometer is a set of clear principles for measuring transparency, accountability and equity in the exploitation of the region’s vast natural resources

SARW has started its capacity building progranmme of parliaments in Southern Africa using the resource barometer.

The illegal trade in natural resources, especially minerals in the east of the DRC, is one of the factors that contribute to political instability and make it difficult to consolidate peace and democracy.

For the past three years SARW has been working with four communities, two in Zambia and two in the Democratic Republic of Congo, using this toolkit.

Research Reports

Resource Insights

  • Global and regional mechanisms for natural resource governance such as Publish What you Pay (PWYP), Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the Kimberley Certification Process (KCP), the U.S. Congress’ Frank-Dodd Act, and the African Mining Vision (AMV) have evolved against the backdrop of ideas and practices undergirding the resource curse.

Conference Report


  • History teaches us that Britain was the world’s largest empire and pre-eminent superpower during the 19th century. During this period, Britain built thriving global companies that cemented its economic dominance by exploiting the resources of its colonies and other countries.

Policy Briefs

Illicit financial flows impeding Zambia's economy
May 08th, 2014

TAX Justice Network Africa says rampant illicit financial flows in Zambia's mining tax regime have continued to impede the country's economic growth.

SARW urges govt to keep an eye on KCM
Apr 15th, 2014

SOUTHERN Africa Resource Watch says the government must keep an eye on KCM and act decisively to protect Zambians' interests in the mine.

SADC-PF/SARW Launch Southern Africa Resource Barometer
Mar 12th, 2014

Towards Enhancing Parliamentary Legislative and Oversight Role in Extractive Industries Sector

map of lower zambezi national park
Jan 25th, 2014

SARW says lands and environmental protection Minister Harry Kalaba should not mislead the country