Tools & Guides

How to Write a Great Press Release

This website provides a short explanation of how you can write a press release that will interest journalists and clearly present the issue on which you want them to report and includes a sample press release template you can use in formatting your release.

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Understanding and Engaging the Media for NGOs

United Nations Association in Canada – This step-by-step guide to media relations is designed to assist NGOs in working more effectively with the media, including developing collaborations with media representatives.

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Making Maps that Make a Difference: A Citizens Guide to Making and Using Maps for Advocacy Work

International Rivers – This guide introduces the power and process of mapping for communities facing destructive development project, including the benefits of mapping, ideas for types of information a community might usefully map,  step-by-step instructions for creating basic maps, important sources of data, low and high-tech methods for collecting data, and tips and checklists for strategically incorporating maps in a campaign.

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Biocultural Community Protocols: A Toolkit for Community Facilitators

Natural Justice – This toolkit is intended to support communities to develop and use protocols to secure their rights and responsibilities, strengthen customary ways of life, and ensure that external actors respect their customary laws, values, and decision-making processes, particularly those concerning stewardship of their territories and areas, traditional knowledge and practices, and their roles in the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and ecosystem adaptation.

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Counting Our Victories: A Training Guide on Popular Education and Organizing

Repeal the Deal Productions – This guide offers activists, organizers, and educators a range of popular education methods, tools, and resources that they can use with any group experiencing injustice and wanting to make changes.

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Community Organizing Training Manual

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact- This Manual provides training modules for indigenous communities on community organizing, indigenous peoples’ economies, and natural resource management.

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Toolkit to protecting land rights in the DRC

Forest Peoples Programme- This toolkit provides NGOs with information about the legal framework for the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo with regard to their lands, territories and natural resources. It also provides useful information on the international and regional mechanisms which NGOs, and the indigenous peoples and local communities they work with, can use in order to claim their rights and advocate for the DRC government to respect its legal obligations at the international and regional level.

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BAHASA

Toolkit on the Project Complaint Mechanism of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

CEE Bankwatch- This guide is written for NGOs, local communities and individuals affected by  European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) investments. The guide discusses considerations for lodging a complaint with the EBRD’s Project Compliance Mechanism (PCM).

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Human Rights & Grievance Mechanisms

SOMO – This website provides 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).

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The Accountability Resource Guide

Accountability Counsel – This guide offers tools for redressing human rights and environmental violations by international financial institutions, export promotion agencies and private corporate actors.

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Housing and Land Rights Monitoring Toolkit

Habitat International Coalition – This toolkit covering the following topics:  legal security of tenure; freedom from dispossession; public goods & services; environmental goods & services (natural resources, land & water); affordability, finance; habitability; accessibility (physical); location; cultural appropriateness; information, education, capacity and capacity building; participation and self-expression; movement resettlement, nonrefoulement, return & restitution; security (physical) and privacy.

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ARA

Follow the Money: An Advocate’s Guide to Securing Accountability in Agricultural Investment

Inclusive Development International- This guide provides practical guidance on strategies for identifying actors along agricultural investment chains and holding them accountable for land and human rights violations.

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How to Deal with Projects that Involve Forced Evictions and Displacement

UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing – This guide summarizes international human rights standards applicable to involuntary displacement caused by so-called “development projects” before, during and after evictions, and instructions on how to submit a complaint to the UN Special Rapporteur if your rights are being violated

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A Handbook on UN Basic Principles and Guidelines on Development-based Evictions and Displacement

Amnesty International India, Housing and Land Rights Network, Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action – This handbook introduces the UN Guidelines, which serve as a potential tool to prevent forced evictions and ensure adequate rehabilitation and resettlement based on human rights standards if evictions are unavoidable.

ENG

Indigenous Women and the Inter-American Human Rights System: A Toolkit on Mechanisms

Forest People’s Programme – This toolkit , which contains a series of information notes explaining different aspects of the Inter-American system, is designed to help indigenous women and their advocates to use the system effectively.

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