Inclusive Development International 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 financial flows, legal and policy frameworks, and accountability systems in order to break down the barriers people face in defending their rights.
You can read more about and download our tools below:
Community Guide to the Asian Infrastructure Investment BankParticipants' ManualFacilitators' ManualABOUT
The Community Guide to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank equips communities and the activists who support them with information that can help them protect their rights when their lands, homes, livelihoods and environment are threatened by high-risk projects funded by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The AIIB was established to provide financing for infrastructure projects across Asia. Its Environmental and Social Framework contains policies that bind the bank, and standards its clients are expected to uphold in their projects; in late 2018, the AIIB approved a policy for the Project-affected People’s Mechanism, which facilities dispute resolution or investigates the bank’s compliance with its environmental and social policies. But as a relatively new player in the multilateral development bank landscape, many affected communities and local civil society groups know little about the bank, its policies, or their options for redress if AIIB-funded projects cause harm. As of February 2020, the bank’s complaints mechanism has yet to be tested. The Community Guide seeks to close information gaps by explaining the background and approach of the AIIB, what environmental and social policies it has in place, and what people can do if they are affected or fear they will be affected by an AIIB project. The Facilitators’ Edition includes interactive exercises and discussion questions for use in workshops. These are aimed at guiding affected communities to apply the information to their own situations and develop strategies to defend their rights and protect their environment.
Safeguarding People and the Environment in Chinese Investments: A Reference Guide for Advocates (Second Edition)China Safeguards Guide - EnglishChina Safeguards Guide - FrenchABOUT
The second edition of “Safeguarding People and the Environment in Chinese Investments: A Reference Guide for Advocates” provides a practical guide to the policies, standards and guidelines for Chinese outbound investment.
The updated guide builds on our 2017 edition, adding new details on the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s new vision for enhancing global connectivity, along with updates to administrative guidance from China’s central state agencies on outbound investment. It also covers new guidelines on rubber, agriculture, infrastructure projects and more. The guide explains the key actors involved in Chinese overseas investment and describes the environmental and social standards and guidelines that apply. It provides practical tips on how these standards can be used in advocacy with relevant Chinese actors and institutions.
Community Guide to the International Finance CorporationParticipants' Manual (English)Facilitators' Manual (English)Participants' Manual (Vietnamese)Facilitators' Manual (Vietnamese)Participants' Manual (French)ABOUT
This guide is an action resource for communities affected by projects funded by the International Finance Corporation 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 guide includes an introduction to the IFC and the way it supports the private sector, including through direct and indirect lending and equity investments. It explains the IFC Performance Standards, including who is responsible for implementing them and making sure they are respected on the ground. Two of the Performance Standards – covering Involuntary Resettlement and Indigenous Peoples – are described in more detail. Finally, the guide covers what affected communities can do when IFC-supported projects do not comply with the Performance Standards and cause or threaten to cause harm. It discusses various advocacy options, including filing a complaint with the CAO and using its compliance or dispute resolution functions.
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.
The guide is currently available in English, French and Vietnamese.
Avoiding Forced Displacement: A Community Guide to Negotiation and AdvocacyParticipants' Manual (Southeast Asia Edition)Facilitators' Manual (Southeast Asia Edition)Participants' Manual (Khmer Edition)Facilitators' Manual (Khmer Edition)ABOUT
Avoiding Forced Displacement: A Community Guide to Negotiation and Advocacy is an innovative resource designed by Inclusive Development International in collaboration with Equitable Cambodia. This four-day training curriculum helps communities to think strategically about how to negotiate with private companies and government authorities seeking to take their land. The guide can also be used to help prepare communities for mediations regarding redress of displacement impacts already suffered, including through dispute resolution processes facilitated by international accountability mechanisms. The training aims to address the radical power imbalances in these processes by situating negotiation within a broader rights-based advocacy strategy.
Through case studies and interactive exercises, the resource guides facilitators through 12 lessons that teach the fundamental principles of interest-based negotiation and communication and advocacy skills to strengthen the negotiating capability of communities facing forced displacement. This edition was developed for the Southeast Asian context and it is currently available in English and Khmer.
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
Inclusive Development International 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.
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
This community guide is 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.
This guide was co-developed by IDI associates and published in 2009 by IDI’s predecessor organization, Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia, together with International Accountability Project (IAP) and Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE).
Community Guide to the ADB Involuntary Resettlement SafeguardsParticipants' Manual (English)Facilitators' Manual (English)Participants' Manual (Khmer)Facilitators' Manual (Khmer)ABOUT
The 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.
Safeguarding People and the Environment in Chinese Investments: A Guide for Community AdvocatesSafeguarding People and the Environment in Chinese InvestmentsABOUT
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.