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American Bar Association (ABA) – This guide supports human rights – based development in the context of industrial mining in Guinea. The guide highlights what the community needs to know about mining, its impacts, and how to protect their rights.
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.
Global Response – This guide describes aspects of the mining process, the dangers you and your community face when mining companies seek to operate in your community, and the many ways you can fight back.
Gender Action – This toolkit for civil society groups provides checklists and guides for civil society groups to incorporate gender analysis and impact assessment into their work on international finance institutions or development projects. Includes links to several gender analysis methodologies.
CEE Bankwatch – This guide helps civil society groups in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the Caucasus and Central Asia (ECA) region, to identify and mitigate adverse gender impacts of investments carried out by IFIs active in the region, including the World Bank Group, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank and Asian Development Bank, as well as the European Union financial instruments – the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument and the Development Cooperation Instrument.
Training for Change – In this page, you can find tools on: 3rd party non-violent intervention; de-escalation and peacekeeping; direct action; diversity and anti-oppression; meeting facilitation; online training tools; organizing and strategy; team building.
Protection International – The new “Protection Manual for Human Rights Defenders” can be used to support training on security and protection and to help defenders undertake their own risk assessments and define security rules and procedures which suit their particular situation.
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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.
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 – 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.
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.
Bank Information Centre – This guide is designed to help gain an understanding of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), its projects and policies, and provide activists with important information regarding the ADB’s policies and opportunities for lobbying and advocacy.
Please note this guide was published in 2008, so some sections might be out of date.