South African Banks Footprint in  SADC Mining Projects
February 15th, 2017

South African Banks are often key funders of a number of mining companies. Questions abound on the nature of these deals and the lack of transparency that surrounds them.

Where Did Africa’s Resource Curse Go?
July 06th, 2015

Resource-rich countries are said to be more prone to negative outcomes ranging from slow economic growth, underinvestment in human capital, and environmental degradation to corruption, authoritarian rule, and violent conflict.

Congo’s Golden web
October 20th, 2014

This report completes the ground breaking series by describing all aspects of the commercialization of Congolese gold.

Governing the Resource Curse in Africa
August 08th, 2014

Global and regional mechanisms for natural resource governance such as PWYP, EITI, KCP, Frank-Dodd Act, and the AMV have evolved against the backdrop of ideas and practices undergirding the resource curse.

Building Constituency for the Realisation of the Africa Mining Vision
August 06th, 2014

35 persons, mainly trade unionists, CSO activists and journalists from Southern Africa took part in the 2 day constituency building workshop

Can Britain Break with its Colonial Past?
June 19th, 2014

History teaches us that Britain was the world’s largest empire and pre-eminent superpower during the 19th century. During this period, Britain built thriving global companies that cemented its economic dominance by exploiting the resources of its colonies and other countries.

M yths and Mining: The reality of resource governance in Africa
February 26th, 2014
There are two economic realities on the African continent today.
KIMBERLEY PROCESS Reimagining responsibilities and definitions in a changing mining sector
October 30th, 2013

Contains the most compelling arguments why the KP must adapt or lose its relevance.

Southern Africa Resource Barometer
October 29th, 2013

Barometer is a set of clear principles for measuring transparency, accountability and equity in the exploitation of the region’s vast natural resources

High Cost of Congolese Gold
September 02nd, 2013

In its first ground breaking research report into artisanal gold mining in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) demonstrated how the industr

Peace Agreements and Conflict Minerals in the DRC
August 29th, 2013

The Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) organised a major consultative conference in Kinshasa on 2-3 May, 2013 to discuss the impact of key peace agreements and the trade in conflict minerals in

April 16th, 2013

Gold miners in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) no longer fear homicidal warlords and militias but they are still being ruthlessly exploited – by a plague of corrupt government of

 Impact of the EITI on transparency and accountability in southern and East Africa
October 04th, 2012

On 21st May 2012, the first regional conference for southern and East Africa on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) was held in Cape Town.

Win win partnership?
August 14th, 2012

People’s Republic of China (PRC) has prioritised Africa as a strategic partner at both the political and economic levels, while seeking to link African commodity and consumer markets to China’s growing economy

Freeport McMoran versus the People of Fungurume
April 25th, 2012

The Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM) company controls a 1,600 square kilometre mining concession in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Open Policy: Coal vs Communities
January 27th, 2012

Mozambique has attracted two of the world’s largest mining companies – Brazil’s Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (Vale) and the Anglo-Australian multinational Rio Tinto – to extract coal from the huge fi

Nationalising the Mines in South Africa
July 04th, 2011

Southern Africa Resource watch and the  Centre for Policy Studies organized a conference on the nationalization  of mines which was attended by all political parties with the exception of the rulin

September 29th, 2010

Since the discovery of copper deposits in Zambia during the 1930s, copper has spelled both doom and boom for the country’s social, political and economic activities.

Governance and radioactivity managing namibia uranium resources
September 02nd, 2010

Increased demands for resources around the world have attracted significant new investment in Africa’s extractive industries, covering mining, oil and gas, timber and fishing.

south african mining companies southern africa
August 24th, 2010

Africa is a poor continent, rich in resources.

The Politics of Reforming Zambia’s Mining Tax Regime
July 31st, 2009

Through out the history of copper mining in Zambia, the mining companies have been the major source of revenue to the government.

 Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Mining in Southern Africa
June 30th, 2009

It is projected that if the economy does not improve within the next two years, more than half a million mineworkers in the region will lose their jobs.

Kimberley Process Certification Scheme: Compliance and limitations in Southern Africa
June 17th, 2009

The proponents of the KPCS argue that it has played a key role in ending wars in the region.

Timber trade malawi
May 29th, 2009

The Forestry Department in Malawi, which is responsible for all forestry matters, was established in 1942.

March 11th, 2009

This report has been compiled by a group of African and international civil society organisations concerned about the lack of transparency in mining contracts, as well as the revenue that national

Guidelines for Contract Revisions in the DRC
June 17th, 2008

These guidelines provide a framework, which the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) government can use to ensure that the revision of contracts is fair, just and transparent.

Malawi and its Minerals
June 17th, 2008

Malawi is not known historically to be well endowed with mineral wealth.

Copper boom Zambia boom whom ?
June 17th, 2008

Zambia was the first country on the African continent to produce copper and its economy has historically been heavily dependent on the mining of copper and cobalt. Once a middle-income country, Zambia began to slide into poverty in the 1970s when copper prices declined on the world market.

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