Tools & Guides

In this page, using the filters on your left, you can find toolkits, handbooks and guides on the following topics:

Would you like to suggest a tool or guide that is not listed here? Fill this form.

Back to Development – A Call for What Development Could Be (2017)

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

English

Arabic

Spanish

A Community-Based Guide for Monitoring Impacts of Oil and Gas Activities on the Environment (2011)

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.

English

Guide for Evaluating Mining Project Environmental Impact Assessments (2010)

ELAW – This guide is designed to assist grassroots advocates and communities to understand mining Environmental Impact Assessments (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.

English

French

Russian

Spanish

Training Manual on Human Rights Monitoring (2001)

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.

Spanish

English

What is (Human Rights) Monitoring? (2003)

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.

English

French

Spanish

Persian

Mining and Health: Community-Centered Health Assessment Toolkit (2009)

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.

English

Environmental Impact Assessment in focus: a tool to promote democracy and environmental protection (2015)

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.

English

French

Russian

The Human Rights Impact Assessment Tool (2011)

Rights & Democracy – 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.

You can also check out this training manual on the tool developed by Oxfam and FIDH.

English

French

Spanish

Indigenous Navigator

The Indigenous Navigator is a framework and set of tools for and by indigenous peoples to systematically monitor the level of recognition and implementation of their rights. By using the Indigenous Navigator, indigenous organisations and communities, duty bearers, NGOs and journalists can access free tools and resources based on community-generated data.

English

Spanish

French