SARW generates and consolidates research in partnership with academic institutions. Currently under research we are focusing on.


Capacity building

We educate communities about their rights and work with leaders to implement programmes and monitor progress. We educate media to report responsibly and train them on investigative journalism.

Our Story

The Southern Africa Resource Watch was founded in 2007 and operated as a project within the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA). Its location and operations were primarily in SADC, well known as the world’s richest region in terms of extractive resources. While its establishment was related to the global natural resources boom of the 2000s, SARW outlived that specific economic boom as well as numerous extractive industry cycles over the years.

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Southern Africa Extractive Quarterly Monitor, 2nd Issue, January-April 2020
The Political Economy of Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining in Zimbabwe: The problem of Formalisation
Implications of COVID-19 For Southern Africa’s Extractive Industries, Economies and Society


SARW is Concerned Covid 19 Could send more children into ASM

In observance of the World Day Against Child Labour, established by the United Nations’ (UN) International Labour Organization (ILO), the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW)...

Press Release
Protecting Nature against Extractivism Amidst COVID-19

On 5 June the world celebrates World Environment Day, and the theme for 2020 is “Time for Nature.” This year’s commemoration is unique, as the...

Pursuing An Economic Independence Through the Control of Mineral Resources

Today we celebrate Africa Day at a time we are grappling with the health pandemic of COVID19. COVID 19 could reduce by more than half...


15Jun, 20
Nexus of Climate change and the Extractive Industries in Southern Africa

Event Date: 15 &16 June 2020

Event Time: 08:30-16:30

Partner organizations: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)

Location: Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo