About SARW

Southern Africa Resource Watch

Brief History

Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW)

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, SARWatch outlived that specific economic boom as well as numerous extractive industry cycles over the past 12 years.
Since June 2018, SARWatch was transformed from an OSISA project into an independent watchdog institution. In spite of the change in its institutional structure and form, SARWatch remains committed to being an institution of excellence both in terms of its quality of work and its organisational reputation. It remains focused on ensuring that Africans benefit optimally from resource extraction.
SARWatch promotes research, advocacy and capacity development in the Extractive Industries to tackle injustice and poverty. It is interested in seeing the extractive industries (minerals, gas, oil and logging) contributing to a sustainable development and advancing the social and economic rights of southern African citizens and protecting the environment.
​​​​​​​While promoting responsible mining, SARW strives to ensure that extractive contributes to a broad-based growth and sustainable economic development particularly of local communities living closer to mining activities.

About SARWATCH

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, gender and human rights impacts

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What we do.

SARW’s work focuses on nine key issues

TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
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LEGISLATION AND INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS
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GEO-POLITICS AND GEO-STRATEGY OF RESOURCES
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BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
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GREENING TRENDS AND CLIMATE CHANGE
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FORMALISATION OF ARTISANAL AND SMALL-SCALE MINING
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SARWatch Objectives

1

MONITOR

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.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.

2

RESEARCH

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

3

AWARENESS

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.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.

4

SPACE

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.

5

ENGAGE

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

6

CAPACITY BUILDING

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

7

HUMAN RIGHTS

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

OUR AWESOME TEAM

Meet the Team

The experience to tackle hard problems
and the insight to see challenges from a fresh perspective.

Dorcas Kalenda

Finance Associate

Patricia Ngoy Mango

Programme Officer for Gender, Communities and Communications

Neo Mvukela

SARW Senior Finance and Administration Officer

Georges Bokondu

SARW Programme Director

Edward Lange

Research and Policy Officer

Claude Kabemba

Executive Director SARWatch