We are also witnessing an increase in social inequalities and wide spread socio-economic deprivation. These human rights abuses are at the core of disputes and confrontations between communities and companies.
The reasons behind SARW’s appointment are amongst others the various activities conducted by the organisation since 2010 to tackle the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Great Lakes Region, including the Alternative Summit held in Kinshasa in October 2010, on the margins of ICGLR Heads of State Special Summit.
The ongoing collapse of mineral prices on the international market, growing debt crisis and dwindling revenue to finance socio-economic development in African countries has refocused attention on how to optimally use the continent’s vast mineral sector through speedy implementation of the African Mining Vision.
Conférence consultative sur les Accords de Paix et les Minerais de Conflit en République Démocratique du Congo
Third World Network-Africa (the secretariat of the pan-African network African Initiative on Mining, Environment and Society (AIMES)), the Southern African Resource Watch (SARW) and ITUC-Africa are convening a conference of activists in Lusaka, Zambia 19 - 20 November 2014.
The key aspect of the conflict that these initiatives have failed to resolve has been how to stop the illegal exploitation of mineral resources by the different local and external armed groups. There is good evidence that resources and civil war are causally linked in the DRC.
l`initiative de Southern Africa Resource Watch, SARW en sigle, un Sommet alternatif de la société civile sur l’Exploitation Illégale des Ressources Naturelles dans la région des Grands Lacs. Les cérémonies d’ouverture et de clôture ont été présidées par le Ministre de l’Enseignement Primaire et Secondaire, au nom de son collègue de la Coopération, en mission en Zambie.