IDI develops global, regional and country-specific practitioner and community education materials that aim to empower people to advocate for just and inclusive development. We deconstruct and demystify the complex layers of development finance flows, legal and policy frameworks, and accountability systems in order to break down the barriers people face in defending their rights.
The following are tools that IDI’s team have developed:
Safeguarding People and the Environment in Chinese Investments: A Guide for Community AdvocatesDownloadABOUT
China has become one of the most important sources of foreign investment in the world. Chinese companies play various roles in overseas projects, from research and design, to construction, development and operation. Chinese financial institutions make many overseas projects possible by providing loans, foreign currency, insurance and equity investments.
This investment brings with it potential benefits, but also human rights, social and environmental risks. Communities impacted by Chinese investments, and the civil society groups that seek to support them, often encounter difficulties obtaining project information, communicating with developers and financiers, and raising concerns or complaints. In response to this situation, State institutions and an increasing number of Chinese companies and financiers have begun to adopt environmental and social standards for their overseas investments.
This guide explains the key actors involved in Chinese overseas investment and describes the environmental and social standards and guidelines that apply. The guide also provides practical advice on how to use these standards in advocacy with relevant Chinese actors and institutions. It is hoped that the information and ideas contained here will help community advocates to ensure that the rights of project-affected people are respected and protected, and in cases where harm does occur, that effective remedies are provided.
Follow the Money to Justice: An accountability hub for defending land, housing and resource rightsABOUT
This tool is designed for advocates working to support communities whose rights and resources are threatened by irresponsible investment projects. Building on our 2015 publication, co-produced with IIED, Following the Money: An advocates guide to securing accountability in agricultural investments, this online resource explains how to mine publicly available information to identify and analyze the companies, investors and other actors behind destructive projects, It also provides guidance on how to collect evidence, get organized and develop tailored, multi-pronged advocacy strategies to hold these actors accountable. It draws upon the experiences and lessons learned from community advocates around the world who have successfully challenged harmful investments and shaped development in their regions.
Following the Money: An Advocate's Guide to Securing Accountability in Agricultural InvestmentsDownloadABOUT
IDI and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) partnered to develop this guide for local advocates working to support communities whose land rights and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by agricultural investments. It provides practical guidance on strategies for identifying actors along agricultural investment chains (eg. equity investors, lenders, producers, importers and retailers) and holding them accountable for land and human rights violations. It is informed by experiences and lessons learned from activists and practitioners throughout the world and draws on real life examples of investment projects that have affected local communities and effective strategies that have been used to challenge those investments and secure accountability.
Global Economy, Global Rights: A Practitioner’s Guide for Interpreting Human Rights Obligations in the Global EconomyDownloadABOUT
The Corporate Accountability Working Group of ESCR-Net, led by members including Inclusive Development International, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR), and Justiça Global, has developed a new resource for human rights practitioners called “Global Economy, Global Rights – A Practitioners’ Guide for interpreting human rights obligations in the global economy”. This resource is designed to support and inform the application of extraterritorial obligations in the work of UN Special Procedure Mandate Holders and other agencies, including the UN treaty bodies. The resource synthesizes and analyses the interpretation of extraterritorial obligations (ETOs) in the context of corporate human rights violations from the perspective of United Nations treaty bodies. The resource is built on the concluding observations of UN treaty bodies issued between 2007 and 2014, as well as the general comments issued by UN treaty bodies from 2000 onwards.
Avoiding Forced Evictions: A Community Guide to Negotiation and Advocacy (Cambodian Edition)Cambodian Facilitator Edition (English)Cambodian Facilitator Edition (Khmer)Cambodian Participant Edition (English)Cambodian Participant Edition (Khmer)ABOUT
IDI and Equitable Cambodia published Avoiding Forced Evictions: A Community Guide to Negotiation and Advocacy in 2015. This resource aims to help communities prepare for negotiations with private companies or government authorities seeking to take their land and/or evict them from their homes. The guide seeks to address the radically asymmetrical power relations in these sorts of negotiations by situating negotiation with a broader advocacy strategy. Through case studies and interactive exercises, the four-day training course guides facilitators to teach important principles and skills to strengthen the negotiating capability of leaders and representatives of communities facing forced displacement. The first edition of the guide has been developed for the Cambodian context and is available in Khmer and English. A second edition of the guide for a broader Southeast Asian context is currently under development and is expected to be published in 2016.
A Cambodian Guide to Defending Land and Housing RightsBook 1 - Your Rights Under International Law (English)Book 2 - Your Rights under Cambodian Law (English)Book 3 - Defending Your Rights (English)ABOUT
IDI associates co-developed A Cambodian Guide to Defending Land and Housing Rights, which was published in 2009 by Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia (BABSEA), International Accountability Project (IAP) and Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE). The Guide contains the first resource of its kind for communities threatened with development-induced displacement. It contains three books important information about the risks of displacement, international and national legal rights and strategies that can be used to defend those rights. The guide was designed and written so that it is accessible to communities, including those who have had limited literacy and access to formal education.
The Facilitator’s Edition includes interactive activities and instructions for facilitators to run training sessions on each topic. It was written in a spirit of solidarity and with the aim of contributing to the global movement against the injustices of forced displacement.
A Community Guide to the ADB Involuntary Resettlement SafeguardsFacilitator's Edition (English)Facilitator's Edition (Khmer)Participant's Edition (English)Participant's Edition (Khmer)ABOUT
A Community Guide to the ADB Involuntary Resettlement Safeguards is an action resource for communities facing displacement as a result of ADB-funded projects.
The ADB updated its Involuntary Resettlement Safeguard Policy in 2009. The key aims of this policy are to avoid and minimize displacement and to ensure that no one is made worse off as a result of a project funded by the ADB. A Community Guide to the ADB Involuntary Resettlement Safeguards seeks to make this policy understandable and accessible to affected communities and to impart the skills necessary for people to 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.
The guide was developed by IDI associates and published by IDI’s predecessor organization, Bridges Across Borders Cambodia, in 2011.