Tools & Guides

Mining and Health: Community-Centered Health Assessment Toolkit

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.


Participatory Planning and Monitoring in the Extractive Industries

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.


Community Environmental Monitoring Program

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.


Participatory Water Monitoring: A Guide for Preventing and Managing Conflict

IFC Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO) –  provides hands-on guidance for communities, civil society organizations, companies and governments on implementing successful participatory water monitoring programs.


A Community-Based Guide for Monitoring Impacts of Oil and Gas Activities on the Environment

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.


Environmental Impact Assessment in focus – A tool to promote democracy and environmental protection

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.




The Human Rights Impact Assessment Tool

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.




Indigenous Navigator

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.



Community Action Guide to the Asian Development Bank

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.

Community Action Guide to the ADB (English)

Community Action Guide to the ADB (Burmese)

Unpacking the Asian Development Bank

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.

Unpacking the ADB (English)

Development Finance Institutions in Africa

This brief guide by the Coalition for Human Rights in Development provides civil society groups an overview of the development finance institutions operating in Africa, their investments, and advocacy strategies to influence them.

DFIs in Africa (English)

DFIs in Africa (French)

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