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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Implications of COVID-19 For Southern Africa’s Extractive Industries, Economies and Society
Surexploitation et Injustice contre les Creuseurs Artisanaux dans la Chaine d’Approvionnement du Cobalt Congolais
Mining tax regime in Zambia


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...

FRENCH: Journée Mondiale de la Sécurité et de la Santé au Travail dans les Mines

En ce jour de la célébration de la Journée mondiale de la sécurité et de la santé au travail, l’ Observatoire des Resources Naturelles de...

World Day for Safety and Health at Mines in the times of COVID-19

On this day of the celebration of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) is concerned about the...


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