Tools & Guides

Natural Resource Contracts: A Practical Guide

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide – This toolkit aims to help advocates understand natural resource contracts by using contract excerpts and information from case studies. The guide also explains topics that are commonly addressed in natural resource contracts and provides suggestions for improving vague or unfavorable contracts.

ENG

Mining and Communities

American Bar Association (ABA) – This guide supports human rights – based development in the context of industrial mining in Guinea. The guide highlights what the community needs to know about mining, its impacts, and how to protect their rights.

ENG

FRE

Kings of Coal Toolkit in Europe and Turkey

CEE Bankwatch- This online tool assists civil society groups in Turkey and South Eastern Europe to fight against harmful coal projects. You input the banks and companies involved in the project and the tool provides tailored information on how to contact them, which policies guide their decisions, and how best to influence them.

ENG

Srpski

Türkçe

Guide for Evaluating Mining Project Environmental Impact Assessments

ELAW – This guide is designed to assist grassroots advocates and communities to understand mining EIAs, identify flaws in mining project plans, convince decision-makers to reject ill-conceived mining projects, and explore ways that proposed mining projects could be made socially and environmentally acceptable.

ENG

FRE

RUS

ESP

Protecting Your Community Against Mining Companies and Other Extractive Industries: A Guide for Community Organizers

Global Response – This guide describes aspects of the mining process, the dangers you and your community face when mining companies seek to operate in your community, and the many ways you can fight back.

ENG

ESP

Gender Toolkit for International Finance Watchers

Gender Action – This toolkit for civil society groups provides checklists and guides for civil society groups to incorporate gender analysis and impact assessment into their work on international finance institutions or development projects. Includes links to several gender analysis methodologies.

ENG

Gender and International Finance Institutions: A Guide for Civil Society

CEE Bankwatch- This guide helps civil society groups in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the Caucasus and Central Asia (ECA) region, to identify and mitigate adverse gender impacts of investments carried out by IFIs active in the region, including the World Bank Group, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank and Asian Development Bank, as well as the European Union financial instruments – the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument and the Development Cooperation Instrument.

ENG

Citizens’ Guide to European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

CEE Bankwatch- This series of papers for NGOs and citizens explains what information the EBRD makes available to the public and how it can be accessed, what the process is for a project from application for funding to implementation, who is responsible for making decisions in the EBRD, and where you can find your local EBRD office.

ENG

Citizens’ Guide to the European Investment Bank

Counterbalance – This guide for CSOs explains how the EIB works and how CSOs can monitor and engage in advocacy around EIB investments and policies

ENG

CZH

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GER

ESP

FRE

IT

RUS

World Bank Access to Information Toolkit

Bank Information Center – Toolkit for civil society on how to access information at the World Bank.

ENG

ESP

ARA

Opening Space for Democracy: Third Party Nonviolent Intervention Curriculum and Training Manual

This manual provides a curriculum, tools, and hundreds of training activities on how to use strategic nonviolence in defending human rights and working for justice, peace and the environment.

ENG

Non-Violent Action Handbook

Sanderson Beck – this online publication provides a guide to nonviolent direct action that can be adapted to any issue or situation.

ENG

New Protection Manual for Human Rights Defenders

Protection International – The purpose of this new manual is to provide human rights defenders with additional knowledge and some tools that may be useful for improving their understanding of security and protection. It is hoped that the manual will support training on security and protection and will help defenders to undertake their own risk assessments and define security rules and procedures which suit their particular situation.

ENG

ESP

FRE

Human Rights Defenders Resources

ESCR-Net & its System of Solidarity of Support (SOS) – This webpage compiles resources, tools and materials developed by a diverse range of organizations and institutions to support the work and reinforce the security of people who work peacefully to promote or defend human rights.  It includes information about international standards and mechanisms for the protection for human rights defenders, organizations focusing on the defense and protection of human rights defenders, practical measures that can improve their personal and digital security, and sources of funding for human rights defenders that are under threat.

Multiple Languages

Practitioner’s Guide to Human Rights Monitoring, Documentation and Advocacy

Advocates for Human Rights – This manual provides guidance on how to use a human rights framework to work for social change in the United States.  The manual walks practitioners through every step in the human rights documentation process, from establishing the project and objectives to setting up the interviews to writing a report and making recommendations.

ENG

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