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.



These aim to engage with and support government and corporates on building accountable and transparent policies regarding the management of extractive resources. Currently we are focusing on.


Policy dialogue

This is aimed at promoting dialogue between all stakeholders. We currently do it through...



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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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Surexploitation et Injustice contre les Creuseurs Artisanaux dans la Chaine d’Approvionnement du Cobalt Congolais
Mining regime tax in Zambia
SADC Extractive Industry Quarterly Monitor


Press Release
Justice for Miners and Vulnerable Communities in the Time of COVID 19

Noting the serious and unprecedented threat presented by the COVID19 pandemic, the Justice for Miners (JFM) campaign appeals to the general public, the government of...

Press Release
SARW calls on Mining Companies in Africa to Support the Fight against Coronavirus 2019 (COVID 19) in the Workplace and in Surrounding Communities

Following calls made by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the UN Secretary General and the World Health Organization (WHO) for businesses and governments to...

Press Release
First Quantum Minerals and the New Science Lab at Kyafukuma School

Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) commends First Quantum Minerals (FQM) on the decision to support the community of Kyafukuma1 by providing support to the education...


26Mar, 20
Validation Meeting on the ASGM Formalisation in Zimbabwe Study

Event Date: 26 March 2020

Event Time: 09:00-12.30 p.m

Speakers: Dr G. Mkodzongi & Veronica Zano

Location: Monomotapa Hotel, Harare, Zimbabwe

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