SARW is a project of Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa.


  • To monitor corporate and state conduct in the extraction and beneficiation of natural resources in Southern Africa region, in particular assessing to what extent these efforts contribute to sustainable development”
  • To consolidate research and advocacy on natural resources extraction issues in Southern Africa
  • To put a spotlight on the specific dynamics of natural resources in Southern Africa region, building a distinctive understanding of the regional geo-political dynamics of resource economics.
  • To provide-for researchers, policy makers and social justice activists especially in academic and civic spaces- a platform of action, coordination and organization, in the watching and strengthening of corporate and state accountability in natural resources extraction.
  • To highlight the relationship between resource extraction activities and human rights as they obtain on the ground, and develop advocacy efforts that engage this reality

Our work


Our strategies include:

  • Promote revenue transparency by supporting the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the Publish What You Pay (PWYP), and encourage countries in the region to join the EITI;
  • promote the implmentation of regional and continetal initiatives--The SADC Mining Harminization policy and the African Mining Vision (AMV);
  • advocate together with mining communities and civil society for a comprehensive Corporte Social Responsibility aganda;
  • Promote and support the renegotiation of unfair mining contracts and the review of mining policies.

SARW will consolidate partnerships with, among others, economic justice networks that OSISA works with in the region, the EITI national secretariats, country PWYP chapters, the African Mining Development Centre in the pursuite of these objectives.

Capacity Building

 SARW works closely with key stakehoders to increase their capacity to monitor the extractive industries in an effort to hold both the private sector and government to account.  These stakeholders include:

  • Civil society
  • Media
  • Parliaments
  • Labour
  • Mining Communities

Capacity building helps to remove the barriers to these actors effectiveness to facilitate a transparent, accountable, participative and equitable management of natural resources.

SARW organises  high-level strategic dialogues between keystaheloders in the extractive industries: the state , civil society, mining communities, labour and companies . The policy dialogue takes the form of:
  • Round tables
  • Workshops
  • Conferences.

SARW research agenda is being developed in a deliberate evolutionary manner using three approaches to generate research: pro-active, reactive and collaborative research . The emphasis is on the collaborative research. SARW will promote research work that is of relevance to governments, extractive industries, civil society, communities and academia. It will be evidence and action based research.

Key research products include:

  • Research Reports
  • Books
  • Resource Insights
  • Open Policy


Dr. Claude Kabemba

Claude Kabemba is the Director of the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW). In 2006, the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) asked him to spearhead the formation of SARW. He holds a PhD in International Relations (Political economy) at the University of the Witwatersrand (Thesis: Democratisation and the Political Economy of a Dysfunctional State: The Case of the Democratic Republic of Congo).

Georges Mukuli

Détenteur d’une Licence en Droit, option Droit public de l’Université Libre de Kinshasa depuis 1996. Engagé à SARW depuis 2008, Georges Bokondu est Avocat de profession, inscrit au Barreau de Kinshasa/Matete depuis 2004. Il a été membre du Cabinet du Chef de l’Etat de la RDC de 2004 à 2008, précisément en qualité du Conseiller du Chef de l’Etat au collège Juridique et Administratif.

Moratuoa Thoke
Programme Administrator

Moratuoa is a simple lady who is passionate about making a differenc. Her favorite quotation is "difficult doesn't mean impossible".
She holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Management from Regenesys, a Diploma in Education from UNISA, a Travel and Tourism Diploma from Mariv Travel.
Among other companies, she's worked for NPA, Sentech and is currently with OSISA as a Programme Administrator.

Edward Lange

In responding to the many adverse effects that came with the privatization of the Mines in Zambia, He was assigned by Oxfam (GB) , to spearhead a land rights advocacy project called the Copper belt Land Rights Centre in the year 2003, he later worked with the Netherland Institute for Southern Africa (NIZA), on its CSR project in Zambia , he represented Africa on the Global OECD-Watch steering committee, aimed at monitoring the behavior of Mult

Patricia Ngoy Mango
Programme Officer

From the NEPAD Secretariat where she worked for 8 years as Head of Conferencing, Patricia joined SARW in 2010 as Programme Officer based in the DRC. Holder of a degree in Linguistics from the Institut Supérieur Pédagogique (ISP) of Lubumbashi, she also holds a diploma in Business Management from Damelin South Africa and is passionate about Africa and its people.

Percy F. Makombe
Programme Manager (Natural Resources Governance Initiative)

Percy F. Makombe has been with OSISA for four years and is the Programme Manager for the Natural Resources Governance Initiative.  This Initiative sees the resource challenge as two-fold: first it is about instituting a greater public dialogue and consultation which includes often marginalised groups on the future of the resource sector to promote transparency and accountability.

Marikana Civil Claims 

Strengthening PWYP Coalitions 

To provide support in undertaking an intensive research in order to fully understand who benefits from the industrial gold extraction in Zimbabwe 

Sharing tools and enhancing impact in Africa: supporting communities facing abuse by mining companies to protect their rights and obtain remedy in Madagascar 

Training of MPs in Madagascar 

Advocacy campaign for an inclusive, responsive, accountable and transparent extractive industry in Malawi 

To support community training and participation on monitoring of extractive industry impacts and demand of community rights in coal extraction in Tete province, Mozambique 

Support to intensify citizen participation in the management of natural resources of 8 communities

Support for Civil Society Monitoring of the Mineral Traceability Process and the Retrocession of the Local Development Fund in Maniema Province

Women In Communities Affected By Extractive Industries

SARW/NRG and the Democracy and Governance Cluster supports the National Indigenisation Economic Empowerment Board (NIEEB) in a project designed to build the capacity of community Share Ownership Tr