Southern Africa
Resource Watch

Our Mission

SARWatch works for participatory, transparent and accountable utilisation of extractive resources in a manner that optimises transformative social and economic benefits and inter-generational equity, with sensitivity to environmental and human rights impacts.

Our Vision

Improved human conditions through good governance of the region’s resources.


Monitor corporate and state conduct in the extraction and beneficiation of natural resources in Southern Africa, and assess to what extent these activities uplift the economic conditions of the region’s communities.

Generate and consolidate research and advocacy on natural resource extraction in Southern Africa.

Create informed awareness of the specific dynamics of natural resources in Southern Africa, building a distinctive understanding of the regional geo-political dynamics of resource economics.

Provide a platform of action, coordination and organisation for communities, activists, researchers, policy-makers, corporations, regional and global governing bodies in the watching and strengthening of corporate and state accountability in extractive industries.

Engage with and support government on building accountable and transparent management of extractive resources.

Build capacity for communities, civil society, parliaments, and media to hold governments and corporations to account, and to participate in decisions about resource management.

Advocate and promote human rights and environmental protection in resource extraction activities.


SADC meeting agrees on need for STEM in industrialisation

Higher education curricula in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) must pivot on science, technology and innovation if industrialisation of the region is to be achieved, as envisaged in the[…]

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2018 DRC Alternative Mining Indaba, May 2018

The DRC Alternative Mining Indaba is in its second edition this year. It will be held (21-24 May) in the rich mining province of Lualaba. Over 250 participants are expected[…]

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