Mineral Governance Barometer - Southern Africa

This report measures and compares SADC countries capacity and ability to manage the mining sector. Today’s governments are challenged with creating new approaches to governance that enable them to better exploit the developmental potential provided by mineral resources. Establishing regulatory frameworks and state capacity to ensure that activities of mining companies are compatible with efforts to promote inclusive and sustainable development are central to this challenge.


SARW appointment as Vice-chair of the ICGLR/DRC Forum National Committee

The reasons behind SARW’s appointment are amongst others the various activities conducted by the organisation since 2010 to tackle the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Great Lakes Region, including the Alternative Summit held in Kinshasa in October 2010, on the margins of ICGLR Heads of State Special Summit.


Civil Society’s Commitment to the Promotion of the Africa Mining Vision

Opening Statement by Dr Claude Kabemba, Director of the Southern Africa Resource Watch, on behalf of Civil Society

Her Excellency Mrs Fatima Haram Acyl, Commissioner for Trade and Industry (AUC)

Ms Fatima Denton, Director Special Initiatives Division    at the UNECA

Representative of UNDP

Representative of the African Development Bank

Representative of African Governments

Ambassadors and Members of the Diplomatic Corps

Colleagues from civil society

Distinguished Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen,


Africa Mining Vision: CSOs and government make progress to develop the African Mineral Governance Framework

The ongoing collapse of mineral prices on the international market, growing debt crisis and dwindling revenue to finance socio-economic development in African countries has refocused attention on how to optimally use the continent’s vast mineral sector through speedy implementation of the African Mining Vision.


Mining Policy Harmonisation to Support Regional Industrialisation and Regional Integration

December 10th, 2015

OSISA, through this project, will analyse mining legislations of 12 SADC countries to identify similarities, differences, innovations and best practices for peer-learning. The project will also update the SADC standard mining legislation to ensure that it is in tune with the African mining vision and emerging international norms and standards.  The project will look into mining policies of each country, bearing in mind that Southern African countries have never harmonised their mining legislations or policies despite the existence of a regional harmonisation policy framework.


South African Banks Investment in the Mining Sector in SADC

November 15th, 2015

There is expectation that banks undertake due diligence on their potential clients before they can fund them to support social and environmental accountability. Mining activities, if not properly managed can destroy the environment, illegally displace people; pollute air, soil, and water, as well as become the source of illicit financial flows.


Measuring natural resources

Hypotheses about the resource curse hold that nat­ural resources have distinctive properties that hin­der development. A measure of natural resources should capture these properties and make it possi­ble place countries on a continuum from resource-poor to resource-rich. Arguably what is most dis­tinctive about the resources in question is that they derive from “natural” endowments that, because of their scarcity, can typically be sold for prices that far exceed the costs of extracting them.



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