Southern Africa

Norwegian Church Aid in Southern Africa

  • Been here since: 1971
  • Money spent in the region of Southern Africa 2018: 7.5 million NOK

Natural Resource Governance

Southern Africa is part of our Natural Resource Governance programme.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In Southern Africa, NCA has a special Policy Advocacy mandate to work closely with its partners on policy empowerment and policy engagement to push for the transparent and accountable governance of natural resources in the SADC region. Our aim is to ensure that ordinary citizens can influence policymaking processes so as to benefit from their natural resources to live a dignified life, free of poverty and inequality.​

Demonstrations for the climate in South Africa

Norwegian Church Aid has own operated programmes, and programmes together with partners in Southern Africa dating back to 1994. Originally, Norwegian Church Aid’s activities in the area were rooted in the fight for justice and equality through the anti-apartheid struggle.

Since our work in the region began, many social and political changes have occurred and the region has experienced strong economic growth. But the unjust distribution of resources and lack of policies safeguarding the poor have led to continued poverty and marginalisation in the region.

Arnold was chased away from his parish because of his sexual orientation. Now he is in charge of securing that LHBTI-persons in a township outside Cape Town have a safe place to go to when they experience similar incidents.

Read Arnold's story

What we do​

Our flagship programme in Southern Africa: Resource governance.  

The central aim of our resource governance programme is to promote and advocate for accountable governance of public resources for equitable distribution of wealth and sustainable development in South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. Through the accountable governance of public resources, we aim to decrease illicit financial flows, and promote tax justice and equitable distribution of national wealth for the benefit of all citizens. We facilitate active participation from beneficiaries and work closely with our partners to lobby for effective legal frameworks and implementation of policies governing the natural resource sector. International cross-border monitoring and collaboration is an important part of our programme portfolio to keep a check on tax evasion. We facilitate partners in the SADC region to forge closer ties with international partners as a way of strengthening international advocacy and campaigning for Tax Justice. We operate at following levels in the region:
At community level: We support capacity building of community monitors, documentation of violations of human rights, and facilitate communities’ engagement with companies and local government to promote access to justice, protection of rights, and the participation of communities, including women and youth, in extractive industries’ value chains

At the national level: We build effective networks of faith leaders, NGOs and community representatives for meaningful engagement with companies and national governments to promote transparency, good governance, accountability, environmental protection, and just distribution of national resources.

At the regional level: We work to strengthen relationships with mining companies, for example through engagement with institutions like International council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), with SADC and the African Union (AU) to promote effective regulatory frameworks for the extractive industries so that citizens’ rights are protected, communities’ voices heard, and revenue from natural resources benefit women, men and children alike.

At international level: We partner and collaborate with strategic alliances and networks in order to increase the outreach and impact of our advocacy efforts.

Where we work

​Our geographic focus is in following countries:

South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique

Who we work with

​We have a strategic approach of building strong networks in the region between faith-based, civil society and community based organisations (FBOs, CSOs, CBOs), providing an impetus for effective advocacy platforms e.g. Alternative Mining Indabas (AMI). Together with our partners, we engage with relevant stakeholders at the national, regional, and international levels. NCA also collaborates with other national, regional and international strategic organisations and institutions for joint advocacy and increased impact. NCA Southern Africa also collaborates closely with other NCA country offices in Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Angola under the Regional Advocacy strategy and the Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI) platform.

Important documents


  • African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) - Zimbabwe
  • Bench Marks Foundation (BMF) – South Africa
  • Botswana Council of Churches (BCC) - Botswana
  • Christian Council of Mozambique (CCM) – Mozambique 
  • Economic Justice Network of FOCCISA (EJN)​ - South Africa
  • Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) - Zimbabwe
  • Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) - Zimbabwe
  • Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC)