Tools & Guides

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SOMO and Accountability Counsel – Human Rights & Grievance Mechanisms

SOMO – Information and tools to file complaints against a company, business or multinational corporation in order to prevent, stop and seek justice for negative impacts caused by their business activities. Mechanisms covered include those of the African Development Bank, the World Bank and International Finance Corporation and the Asian Development Bank, regional human rights bodies, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Check out the following sections:


Handbook on Human Rights and Extraterritorial Obligations (2017)

ETO Consortium – The handbook is intended as a practical guide for human rights advocates and social movements in monitoring and holding States accountable on their compliance with extraterritorial obligations (ETOs).

Handbook - English

Toolkit - English

How to engage with the Independent Review Mechanism of the African Development Bank (2017)

SOMO and Accountability Counsel – This publication focuses on the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) of the African Development Bank (AfDB). It includes an overview of the IRM and the who, what, when, where, and why of filing a complaint with the IRM.



Community Action Guide to the Asian Development Bank (2013)

International Accountability Project – Designed with and for community organizers, this 200-page guide is filled with training exercises to help mobilize communities, engage with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and use ADB Safeguards Policies to protect human rights. While filled with case studies from throughout Asia-Pacific, community organizers anywhere can use and adapt the lessons and exercises.





Community Guide to the International Finance Corporation (2017)

Inclusive Development International – This guide is an action resource for communities affected by projects funded by the International Finance Corporation (IFC( 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.

English - Participants Manual

English - Facilitators Manual

Vietnamese - Participants Manual

Vietnamese - Facilitators Manual

French - Participants Manual

Following the money: An advocate’s guide to securing accountability in agricultural investments (2015)

This guide is dedicated to local advocates working to support communities whose land rights and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by agricultural investments.


Community Guide to the ADB Involuntary Resettlement Safeguards (2011)

Bridges Across Borders Cambodia and Inclusive Development International – This guide seeks to make the ADB’s Involuntary Resettlement Safeguard Policy understandable and accessible to affected communities, so that people can 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.

English - Participants' Manual

English - Facilitators' Manual

Khmer - Participants' Manual

Khmer - Facilitators' Manual

Forest Peoples Programme Toolkits for Indigenous Peoples and local communities

Forest Peoples Programme has developed a series of toolkits for Indigenous Peoples and local communities in different countries, that provide useful information on FPIC and the international, regional and national mechanisms they can use in order to claim their rights and protect their lands, territories and natural resources.

The Accountability Resource Guide (2015)

Accountability Counsel – This guide offers tools for redressing human rights and environmental violations by international financial institutions, export promotion agencies and private corporate actors. The guide is intended to assist community leaders, lawyers, NGOs, and individuals in determining what rights they have and how to file a complaint when those rights have been, or may be, violated. The guide also discusses information disclosure rules at the international financial institutions.