Southern Africa Committee

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Africa Action (United States)

The American Committee on Africa (founded in 1953), The Africa Fund (founded in 1966) and the Africa Policy Information Center (founded in 1978) are merging into Africa Action.  Africa Action is a key organization working on U.S. policy toward Africa.

Africa Faith and Justice Network (United States)

A U.S.-based Catholic-based organization that stresses human rights and social justice issues.

Africa Recovery (United Nations)

Published by the United Nations, this publication provides extensive information on Africa economic and development issues.

African National Congress (South Africa)

The ANC led the struggle against apartheid and is now the ruling party. Its Web site has extensive current information and historical information on the anti-apartheid movement.  It also has links to numerous other Web sites including those of the South African government.

Aids Law Project (South Africa)

A South Africa NGO that is a key actor in the Treatment Action Campaign. (United States)

A comprehensive source of information on Africa updated all day from 70 African news partners including the Pan Africa News Agency.  Information organized both by current news and by country.

Amnesty International

One of the major human rights organizations.  Campaigns on issues such as conflict diamonds, prisoners of conscience, arms trade and the impact of economic globalization on human rights.  Campaigns against torture and the death penality.

Amnesty International USA

U.S. branch of Amnesty

Association of Concerned Africa Scholars

Founded in 1977, ACAS is a group of scholars and students of Africa dedicated to a) formulating alternative analyses of Africa and U.S. government policy b) developing communication and action networks between the peoples and scholars of Africa and the United States and c) mobilizing support in the United States on critical, current issues related to Africa.

Christian Council of Mozambique

A church body that has provided extensive assistance to flood victims.

Civil Liberties Organization (Nigeria)

Founded in 1987, the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) is one of the foremost human rights organizations in Nigeria.

Community Video Education Trust

The Community Video Education Trust (CVET) in Cape Town is building a digital archive of videos taken in South Africa in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The raw footage available on this website documents anti-apartheid demonstrations, speeches, mass funerals, celebrations, and interviews with activists. Videos capture the activism of trade unions, students and political organizations, including the activities of the United Democratic Front.

Congress of South African Trade Unions (South Africa)

COSATU is the leading South African trade union federation.  Since its founding in 1985, COSATU has been in the forefront of the struggle for democracy and workers' rights.  Campaigns on issues such as poverty reduction and pharmaceutical company profiteering on HIV/AIDS drugs.

Constitutional Rights Project (Nigeria)

Works to ensure that Nigeria's legislation conforms to international human rights standards.  Monitors and reports on the human rights situation in and provides legal assistance to victims of abuse.

Daily Mail & Guardian (South Africa)

A useful newspaper.

Human Rights Watch

Protects the human rights of people around the world.

Institute for Healing of Memories (South Africa)

Founded in 1988, the Institute grew out of the Healing of Memories Chaplaincy Project of the Trauma Centre for Victims of Violence and Torture.

Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

IRIN is published by the UN Office for the Coordination on Humanitarian Affairs in partnership with ReliefWeb.  Updates on conflicts and news on numerous African countries.

International Campaign to Ban Landmines


Jubilee USA Network (successor to Jubilee 2000/USA)

Dedicated to cancellation of the debt burden of poor countries, most of which are in Africa.  A list serve is available.

Kudirat Institute for Nigerian Democracy (KIND) (Nigeria)

Nigerian based organization that seeks to empower and enable development in Africa by strengthening organizations and initiatives dedicated to the advancement of women and youth.

Mozambique News Agency - AIM Reports

AIM provides extremely useful reports on Mozambique.

Partnership for Indigenous Peoples Environment

Works to build networks and relationships between indigenous peoples worldwide.

Richard Knight (

A consultant on Africa, human rights, economic justice and corporate responsibility.  He is president of the Southern Africa Committee. The site includes information on current issues as well as extensive information on sanctions, divestment and the struggle against apartheid.

Shared Interest (United States)

A U.S. not for profit social investment fund guaranteeing South African bank loans to community development financial institutions engaged in South Africa's reconstruction process.  Shared Interest and its Swiss associate RAFAD have established the Thambani International Guarantee Fund in South Africa, which strengthens grassroots organizations and enables them to provide affordable credit for small business and social housing in South Africa's low income communities.

South African Council of Churches

The national ecumenical body from a wide fellowship of churches.  The Council is an ecumenical enabler and coordinator of interchurch debate and action.  Well known for its role in the struggle against apartheid.

South African Democracy Education Trust

SADET's mission is to examine and analyze events leading to the negotiated settlement and democracy in South Africa with a focus on: the events leading to the banning of the liberation movements; the various strategies and tactics adopted in pursuit of the democratic struggle; the events leading to the adoption of the negotiation strategy; and the dynamics underpinning the negotiations process between 1990 and 1994. The study will result in, among others, the publication of 5 volumes of research covering the successive decades in the run up to the first democratic elections, including an overview volume. The Road to Democracy project is a chronological analysis of four decades - 1960-1970, 1970-1980, 1980-1990, 1990-1994. The site includes downloadable version of the Road to Democracy volumes as they become available.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission (South Africa)

Set up by the first democratic government to deal with what happened under apartheid.

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development


United Nations Development Program


United Nations Economic Commission for Africa


United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

The main UN human rights body.  Includes issues like indigenous peoples.

Washington Office on Africa (United States)

A church-sponsored not-for-profit advocacy organization seeking to articulate and promote a just American policy toward Africa.

Western Sahara Referendum Support Association

ARSO (Association de soutien a un referendum libre et regulier au Sahara Occidental) or Western Sahara Referendum Support Association.  This site is in English and French.  Current information, numerous UN documents and links.

Western Sahara Resource Watch

The WSRW is an international network of organizations and activists researching and campaigning the companies working for Moroccan interests in occupied Western Sahara.