Executive Action to Suspend the Conflict Minerals Rule in the Dodd-Frank Act Will Plunge the Great Lakes into A New Cycle of Violent Conflict

The Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) and its civil society partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are very concerned that the suspension of the conflict minerals rule promulgated by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) pursuant to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act will negatively impact peace, stability and development in the DRC, and the Great Lakes region. We urge the Trump Administration not to suspend this critical section of the law.


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.


South African Banks Footprint in SADC Mining Projects

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. There are concerns about whether banks do due diligence before they fund any mining activities to guide against corruption, social, environmental and human rights abuses that are linked to mining. This report interrogates the funding commitments of South African banks in mining in SADC and considers whether they can do things differently.


SARW s’inquiète sur le manque de transparence dans la vente des actions de Freeport (TFM) à la société Chinoise China Molybdenum

L'opacité entourant la vente d'actions Freeport-McMoran dans Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM) à la China Molybdenum a soulevé de sérieuses préoccupations de la population.


Illicit gold trade and the ARGOR case - Conference summary report

SARW organises a conference on the case known as Argor, a Swiss Gold rafiney. The Argor Case is a case in which it refined nearly three tons of Congolese gold between 2004 and 2005 without complying with the due diligence principle or wondering whether the gold was legally or illicitly traded. Argor was taken to the Swiss Confederation Court by international NGOs. After years of investigation, the case was dismissed in March 2015, as the Congolese State failed to appear as plaintiff. This case exposes regrettably the inability of the Congolese State to claim on time, even when the conditions are in its favour, its property rights over its own property that has been illegally traded.


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.


Rapport General des Plaidoyers Sur le Code Minier et le Code des Hydrocarbures

Décembre 21st, 2015

Les plaidoyers sur le code minier et le code des hydrocarbures ont été réalisé de concert avec les organisations de la société civile congolaise ainsi que quelques organisations internationales, dont la liste en annexe. La réussite de ces plaidoyers est l’effort apporté par SARW dans la coordination des travaux en plus de son apport financier significatif au projet global.

Toutes les activités menées dans le code de ces plaidoyers sont répertoriées et des rapports séparés à chaque instrument juridique ont été publiées.



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