Tools & Guides

Community Guide to the ADB Involuntary Resettlement Safeguards

Inclusive Development International – This action resource seeks to make the ADB’s Involuntary Resettlement Safeguard Policy understandable and accessible to affected communities and to impart the skills necessary for people to monitor the projects that affect them.

The Guide explains local grievance processes, the ADB Accountability Mechanism and other forms of advocacy that local communities can use to defend their rights and hold the ADB accountable if the policy is violated.  An accompanying Facilitators’ Edition includes interactive activities and instructions for facilitators to run training sessions on each topic.

ENG - Participants' Manuel

ENG - Facilitators' Manuel

KHM - Participants' Manuel

KHM - Facilitators' Manuel

Avoiding Forced Displacement: A Community Guide to Negotiation and Advocacy

Designed by Inclusive Development International in collaboration with Equitable Cambodia and developed for the Southeast Asian context,  this four-day training curriculum helps communities to think strategically about how to negotiate with private companies and government authorities seeking to take their land.

ENG - Participants Manual

ENG - Facilitators Manual

KHM - Participants Manual

KHM - Facilitators Manual

Community Guide to the International Finance Corporation

Inclusive Development International – This guide is an action resource for communities affected by projects funded by the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group. It is designed to help communities understand their rights and entitlements vis-a-vis IFC projects and to decide whether they want to file a complaint with the IFC’s independent grievance mechanism, the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), as a part of their advocacy strategy. The Facilitators’ Manual contains activities and discussions on each topic to help communities use the information that they learn to develop an advocacy strategy to defend their rights.

ENG - Participants Manual

ENG - Facilitators Manual

VIE - Participants Manual

VIE - Facilitators Manual

FRA - Participants Manual

“Development” Finance and the Roll-Back of Social and Environmental Protections

Coalition for Human Rights in Development, Otros Mundos, and Movimiento M4- This infographic tells the story of 12 countries that have rolled back national social and environmental protections in recent years in order to attract investment. The infographic can be printed as a poster in A2 or A3 size for use in workshops and other educational activities. Read more about it and find the Hindi version on the Coalition blog post.





Animated Resettlement Guide Video for People Affected by Dam Development

International Rivers-  This animated video outlines important information for communities impacted by dam development projects, including rights, resettlement, and negotiations. This video is part of a toolkit for dam-impacted communities which also includes African Dams, Rivers and Rights: A Guide for Communities to be Impacted by the Inga Dam 3.


Back to Development – A Call for What Development Could Be

Based on community-led surveys conducted in 8 countries, interviewing over 800 people, this report by the International Accountability Project provides both an analysis of development failures and a practical roadmap to advance community-led plans for development.



African Dams, Rivers and Rights: A Guide for Communities to be Impacted by the Inga Dam 3

International Rivers –  This guide is for communities who risk being displaced, whether physically (losing access to land or home) or economically (losing assets or access to resources for income and livelihood) by the construction and operation of the Inga 3 dam project, which may begin construction as early as 2016.


Women’s Rights Campaigning: Info-Activism Toolkit

Tactical Tech – This online toolkit advises users how to use different media in the course of advocacy.


Video Advocacy Toolkit

Witness – This online Toolkit enables organizations and individuals to take advantage of video advocacy by giving them the step-by-step tools to develop a video plan from pre-production through to monitoring and evaluation. Tools include tutorial videos, case study examples, questions and brainstorming.


The CAAT Media Guide

Campaign Against Arms Trade – Tips for using different types of local and regional news media to spread the word about your issue to as many people as possible, including work with journalists and news desks, press releases, letters to newspapers or radio programs, and TV and radio interviews.


How to Write a Great Press Release

This website provides a short explanation of how you can write a press release that will interest journalists and clearly present the issue on which you want them to report and includes a sample press release template you can use in formatting your release.


Understanding and Engaging the Media for NGOs

United Nations Association in Canada – This step-by-step guide to media relations is designed to assist NGOs in working more effectively with the media, including developing collaborations with media representatives.


Making Maps that Make a Difference: A Citizens Guide to Making and Using Maps for Advocacy Work

International Rivers – This guide introduces the power and process of mapping for communities facing destructive development project, including the benefits of mapping, ideas for types of information a community might usefully map,  step-by-step instructions for creating basic maps, important sources of data, low and high-tech methods for collecting data, and tips and checklists for strategically incorporating maps in a campaign.


Biocultural Community Protocols: A Toolkit for Community Facilitators

Natural Justice – This toolkit is intended to support communities to develop and use protocols to secure their rights and responsibilities, strengthen customary ways of life, and ensure that external actors respect their customary laws, values, and decision-making processes, particularly those concerning stewardship of their territories and areas, traditional knowledge and practices, and their roles in the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and ecosystem adaptation.



Counting Our Victories: A Training Guide on Popular Education and Organizing

Repeal the Deal Productions – This guide offers activists, organizers, and educators a range of popular education methods, tools, and resources that they can use with any group experiencing injustice and wanting to make changes.


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