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.
University of Minnesota – This online toolkit provides an overview of how human rights field operations are monitored, including relevant laws, approaches to identifying human rights violations, and monitoring methodology.
HURIDOCS – This manual was written for human rights workers to better understand the general subject of monitoring. Concepts and specialized terminology are discussed, along with the different bodies involved in monitoring. Issues include: what is monitoring in general, what is human rights monitoring, why monitor, who monitors, how and where to get data, how to monitor a situation, how to monitor a case, how to analyze data, and what more can be done.
Canary Institute – This toolkit assists mining-affected communities conduct their own assessment of the health of their community including gathering information from the community, brainstorming project goals, developing an action plan and analyzing and communicating results. The guide also offers steps and tools for activists to use to improve health conditions in their community.
Business-Community Synergies – This study shows how communities can use co-planning and monitoring strategies to ensure that resource extraction development benefits are shared fairly.
Peter Plastrik – This booklet is a how-to guide on designing and implementing a community environmental monitoring program (CEMP). The CEMP is a voluntary agreement between an economic-project developer and one or more community-based organizations that empowers members of the community to monitor at their discretion the project’s environmental impacts, based on scientific standards, and ensures public access to all monitoring information in a timely and understandable manner.
IFC Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO) – provides hands-on guidance for communities, civil society organizations, companies and governments on implementing successful participatory water monitoring programs.
Greenwatch Uganda – This guide is intended for local communities and community-based organizations that are working to monitor the effects of oil and gas development activities on the environment. The guide provides information about the key actors in the Ugandan oil and gas exploration industry, environmental issues that arise and the best way of monitoring and managing such impacts, including EIAs, environment restoration orders, access to information, access to justice, mitigation and waste management.
CEE Bankwatch – This publication explains the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process, helping civil society groups understand the jargon, structure, functions and aims of EIAs as well as how to utilize them to promote participation and to influence decision-making.
Rights & Democracy and Oxfam America – this web-based tool is designed for use by NGOs and local communities, and provides a step-by-step guide on how to prepare for and conduct a community-based assessment to identify human rights that may be impacted by a private investment project and compile a report.
Free tools and resources for indigenous communities to monitor implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Includes questionnaires and indicators for data gathering at community and national levels; indices to assess and compare rights enjoyment across regions, countries and communities; and a data portal for sharing data and tools across countries and communities.
This guide by the International Accountability Project provides information about human rights and rights-based development and the ADB and its policies, including rules that can be used to help communities protect their environment and demand their human rights.
This guide is designed to help those unfamiliar with the ADB to gain an understanding of the institution, its projects and policies, and provide activists with important information regarding the ADB’s policies and opportunities for lobbying and advocacy.