African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting
January 24th, 2015 - Jean-Pierre Laurent

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.

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 18th, 2015
Enhancing Southern Africa’s Mining Competences Through ‘Competent’ Mining Public Administration

One area that has not received sufficient attention, in the search for solutions, has been the capacity of the African state to organise and manage the mining sector. SARW seeks to appoint 8 researchers from Southern Africa to undertake research on the states’ capacity to manage mineral resources in Southern Africa.

July 11th, 2015
Calling Researchers: The Corporate Footprint of South African Banks and their Investment in the Mining Sector in SADC

SARW is seeking a researcher to look into the funding of Mining activities in the SADC and trace the corporate footprint of SA bank and their investment in the mining sector in the region.

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.

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

  • 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.

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.

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

Towards Enhancing Parliamentary Legislative and Oversight Role in Extractive Industries Sector