(Mining Tools)
July 06th, 2015 - Rod Alence

Resource-rich countries are said to be more prone to negative outcomes ranging from slow economic growth, underinvestment in human capital, and environmental degradation to corruption, authoritarian rule, and violent conflict.

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.

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.

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

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

Career & Consultancies

Deadline Consultancy
July 31st, 2015
Calling Researchers: SADC Mineral Governance Index

OSISA seeks to produce an annual SADC Mineral Governance Index to be used as an instrument to assess the state of mineral resource governance in southern Africa.

July 31st, 2015
Appel aux chercheurs: Index de gouvernance minérale de la SADC

L’OSISA cherche à produire un index de gouvernance minérale de la SADC annuel qui sera utilisé comme un instrument pour évaluer l’état de la gouvernance des ressources minérales en Afrique méridionale.

Resource Insights

Research Reports

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

  • Nov 14th, 2014

    Strengthening networking of CSOs and social constituencies for more effective policy influence. The meeting which will bring together about 60 CSO activists and trade unionists working on a range of African development issues which have a bearing on the agenda of the AMV

  • Jan 24th, 2014

    With its vast mineral wealth and extremely poor population, the DRC has long been regarded as a poster child for how not to govern natural resources.

  • Nov 20th, 2013

    Mining communities of Mansa in the Luapula province, Zambia, where Manganese is extracted

  • Aug 04th, 2013

    SARW has been involved in providing civil society space to contribute to these revisions. For both processes, Congolese civil society has, through contribution from all civil society organisations working in the resource sector and from all the 11 provinces, produced and submitted its recommendations to government.

  • Jul 16th, 2013

    SARW and SADC-PF have been for the past three year developing the resource barometer. The barometer is being designed as a monitoring tool to support the oversight work of parliament and the activities of civil society.

  • Apr 19th, 2013

    ZAMBIA’s new government has temporarily suspended metal export permits ahead of the release of new guidelines, the mining ministry said in the latest move to increase transparency in Africa’s top copper producer.

Jul 29th, 2015

GOVERNMENT should consider coming up with a clear policy on how to extract uranium at large-scale mining in Zambia that will enhance revenue generation from the mineral resource

African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting
Jan 24th, 2015

Dans un puits de mine au fond baigné d’eau boueuse, 50 hommes donnent des coups de pelle sur les parois friables. D’autres tentent de ranimer une vieille pompe à eau afin de pouvoir drainer le puits et atteindre la couche de boue sous l’eau.

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.