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Our Mission

SARW 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.

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Our Focus Areas

Research

Research

SARW generates and consolidates research in partnership with academic institutions.

Capacity Building

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.

Advocacy

Advocacy

We engage with and support government and corporates on building accountable and transparent policies regarding the management of extractive resource

Campaigns

Campaigns

We execute our policy dialogue via campaigns.

Our Programme Areas

SARW promotes public disclosure of contracts and licenses in the extractives sector and curbing of discretionary powers. SARW advocates for greater fiscal space and responsive taxation to allow African countries to optimise mineral taxes. Translating mineral wealth into overall economic development and enriching the lives of citizens remains difficult for many resource-rich African countries. Two key challenges facing African countries are, first, how to design and balance the revenue-sharing arrangements between host country and investors, and second, how to collect and manage the revenues for optimal public benefit. Reducing corruption and illicit financial flows, and maximising revenue are three key areas, and SARW invests in exposing and combatting corruption, working to promote the optimisation of revenue accruing from mineral resource extraction.
Southern Africa is uniquely situated at the convergence of three oceans and enjoys unencumbered access to an extensive exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and a broad continental shelf. Lack of programmatic legislative frameworks that combine marine mining with an integrated ecosystem approach poses significant risks to human development and food security. SARW will promote informed engagement between stakeholders through knowledge generation and proactive strategic interaction aimed at formulating national and regional legislative regimes. SARW’s intervention is necessary and well-timed given rising tensions between indigenous communities, holders of marine mining licences and fishing concessionaires, and illegal global fishing trawlers. Emerging concerns relate to contraventions of international fishing treaties, destruction of marine ecosystems, unorthodox bulk sediment mining practices, and inappropriate use of terrestrial natural resource legislation to guide offshore mining. SARW activities will be carried out in conjunction with research institutions and civil society groups committed to an informed, transparent, inclusive, accountable and sustainable blue economy for the region. In this regard, SARW will promote the adoption of equitable “ocean governance” principles to manage fishing activities, preserve ecosystems and regulate offshore mining.
SARW promotes the ideals embedded in the Africa Mining Vision (AMV)—minerals for development. Beyond the importance of revenues, SARW promotes other equally important benefits prescribed in the AMV—including local content in the procurement of goods and services, skills and knowledge creation, technology transfer, value addition and linkages. Value addition and linkages are now considered critical if Africa is to optimally benefit from its abundant mineral resources. They will promote industrialisation and regional integration.
SARW’s focus here is on two aspects. The first is on shifts in the global political economy, particularly with the confirmation of China as a dominant power. With the decline of America’s imperialism and retreat from global politics, is China a sunrise for Africa or it is the continuation of the sunset Africa has experienced with the West. China is emerging as a total new type of imperialist. Our work will not only focus on China. Such an approach will be misleading as foreign players trying to control Africa’s resources are many. We will be interested in India and Russia as other key players. The question we will try to respond to is how is globalization undermining Africa from benefiting from its resources?
The negative environmental impacts of extractive industry fall on local communities. These are also the poorest. SARW interrogate companies’ corporate social responsibility. These communities absorb the environmental and social burden of resource extraction. They are displaced from their land and are poorly compensated for that. The poor management and regulation of negative environmental and social impacts of resource extraction are at the centre of the struggle of local communities. SARW provides critical support to inclusive stakeholder collaborative initiatives on disclosure, incidence of natural disasters at points or areas of concentrated extraction activities, challenges to worker and community health and safety, and new approaches to environmental management and risk mitigation.
Mining has had a significant negative impact on climate patterns in Southern Africa. From groundwater contamination and acid mine drainage to drier climate spells, higher temperatures, greenhouse gas emissions and rising health risks, mining activity has been served a notice. There is an urgent need to acquire comprehensive knowledge on climate change and its impact in Southern Africa to complement global understanding as well as establish baselines for risk mitigation. Therefore, efforts for improvement of risk-identification processes to include climate risks and integrating climate-related risks and mitigation measures into business decisions throughout the extractive project lifecycle become critical. SARW will promote the development of concrete climate adaptation strategies, sustainable climate-friendly initiatives for local communities, and investment in ecosystem services for sustainable community survival and natural resource stewardship.
Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) of a large variety of minerals in Africa is a key contributor to the economies of several countries, especially in terms of livelihoods for rural and often remote communities who have very few other options. However, artisanal and small-scale miners are invariably caught in a poverty trap from which it is very difficult to escape. Often, the activity is associated with illegality, social vices, and practices inimical to the safety and health of the operators as well as to adjoining communities and the environment. These negative associations prevent the sub-sector from reaching its full developmental potential, as presented in the African Mining Vision. SARW will promote the ASM sector as an engine for sustainable development, particularly in rural areas.
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The Southern Africa Resources Watch (SARW)
Strategic Plan 2019 – 2023

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Board Of Directors

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Deprose Muchena

BOARD CHAIRPERSON

He is a human rights and social justice advocate, and a development and programme management expert with 20 years of progressive experience working with international development and bilateral development agencies, national grassroots movements, nongovernmental organisations and civil society organisations as well as funding agencies. He has significant experience in providing strategic senior-level leadership of teams, conceptualising programmes and projects, managing and coordinating research, campaigning, advocacy and communication initiatives, political and socio-economic analysis, leading strategy development processes and programmes to achieve social change. Currently he is the Regional Director of Amnesty Southern Africa.
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Hudson Mtegha

BOARD MEMBER

He was Chief Mining Engineer with the Malawi government and Mineral Economist with the SADC Mining Coordinating Unit. Hudson was with Johannesburg-based Minerals and Energy Policy Centre, and a senior mineral economist at Mintek Mineral Economics and Strategy Unit. He has worked extensively on policy issues in the mineral sector in SADC and the African continental AMV with various entities. He lectured at the University of the Witwatersrand in the School of Mining Engineering for six years and is currently a Visiting Adjunct Professor at the institution
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Claudine Tshimanga Mbuyi

BOARD MEMBER

She holds a PhD in Applied Economics from the Antwerpen University (Belgium) 2011. She is the Academic Secretary of the Economics and Development Faculty, where she coordinates “the Observatory of Economic Policy and human development”. Her research focuses on poverty analysis and mining sector impact analysis.
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Vincent Ziba

BOARD MEMBER

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Chyril Hendricks

BOARD MEMBER

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Claude Kabemba

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (EX OFFICIO)

His main areas of research interest include Political economy of Sub-Saharan Africa with focus on Southern and Central Africa looking specifically on issues of democratization, natural resources governance, election politics, citizen participation, conflict resolution, media, civil society and social policies. His publications span from book chapters, research reports, journals and newspaper articles.

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