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Safeguarding People and the Environment in Chinese Investments: A Guide for Community Advocates

Inclusive Development International ,

Over the last 10 years, China has become one of the most important investors in the world. In 2015, official outbound investment flows from China reached a record high of almost US$146 billion, second only to the United States.This investment is reaching all corners of the globe, with Chinese companies and financial institutions active in…

Practice Guide for Environmental Justice Paralegals

Centre for Policy Research-Namati Environmental Justice Program ,

Introduction and Overview of the Practice Guide  Large parts of the world, irrespective of their level of economic development, are on the cusp of severe environmental crises. In these regions, the operations of extractive projects such as large-scale plantations, mining and industrial development have negated or worsened the economic, social and physical well-being of communities…

Reconfiguring Investment Contracts to Promote Sustainable Development

Lorenzo Cotula, Kyla Tienhaara,

This article focuses on investments in lower and middle-income countries and aims to develop a conceptual framework for discussing contracts from a sustainable development perspective, and provides pointers for changes in contractual practice to maximize the pursuit of sustainable development goals like poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.

The Challenge of Food Security: ‘Land Grabbing’

Lorenzo Cotula,

“Land Grabbing’ is a chapter from the book, The Challenge of Food Security (Edward Elgar 2012), which provides an analysis of national and international law, calls for more robust legal safeguards, and for efforts to strengthen local capacity to exercise rights.

Sustaining Legal Empowerment in Initiatives to Support Local Land Rights

Robien Nielsen, International Institute for Environment and Development,

This paper presents a possible conceptual framework for program design of legal empowerment programs focused on local land rights. It concludes with recommendations for practitioners, donors, and the research community on how to strengthen legal empowerment initiatives to ensure that citizens not only gain but retain the power to influence land-related decisions that affect their…

Discovering Community Power: A Guide To Mobilizing Local Assets And Your Organization’s Capacity

John P. Kretzmann, John L. McKnight, Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute,

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is interested in proposals that both improve the community and strengthen the applicant organization. The authors’ experience indicates that proposals which connect with and engage a wide range of community resources are more effective than those which involve only the staff of the lead organization. This document shows how non-profit organizations are much more powerful community…

Promoting Women’s Financial Inclusion: A Toolkit

UKaid, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH,

Financial inclusion benefits individuals and households, and well-functioning financial systems benefit whole countries. However, access to financial services is highly unequal, with poor people – and particularly poor women – frequently the least served by existing institutions and systems. There is ample evidence of how financial inclusion projects of different types can, if properly designed…

Accountability Resource Guide: Tools for Redressing Human Rights & Environmental Abuses in International Finance and Development

Accountability Counsel,

The purpose of this Guide is to provide information for people who are, or who may be, harmed by projects sponsored by: • international financial institutions (such as the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC)), • export promotion agencies and national development banks (such as the U.S. Government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the…

Towards a New Consensus on Justice Reform: Mapping the Criminal Justice Sector

Jan Perlin, Michelle India Baird, Open Society Justice Initiative, UK Department for International Development (DFID),

Justice development is a relatively new field, but one in which sufficient field experience exists to inform a more systematic and coordinated approach. Due to its complexity and all-encompassing nature, it requires a greater level of effort than other areas of development. As a consequence, the first task necessary to achieve such systematization and coordination…

Balanced Justice and Donor Programs: Lessons from Three Regions of the World

Dr. Linn Hammergren,

Donor organizations have been supporting justice strengthening programs for nearly twenty-five years. Over the past decade, there have been criticisms of these programs and the limited improvements they have produced despite large investments by donors and national governments. This report explores some explanations for these alleged shortcomings, reviewing experience in three case study countries: Cambodia,…

Bringing Law to Life: Paralegal Interventions in Natural Resource Exploitation

Posted by Sonkita Conteh in Community Paralegals, Land & Natural Resources

Introduction When a diamond mining company closed its operations in Mofuwe Village, in the south of Sierra Leone, it left behind three mined-out pits the size of several football pitches, a collapsed bridge, a blocked stream and an uncompleted community school building. It was as if the villagers woke up one morning and the company…

New book on protecting community lands and resources in Africa from Namati and Natural Justice

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Land & Natural Resources, Resources & Research

In 2013, a group of 20 expert advocates from across Africa gathered for a three-day symposium to share experiences and practical strategies for effectively supporting communities to protect their lands and natural resources. The symposium illuminated many similarities between the types of threats to communities’ land and natural resource claims, as well as underlying factors that drive and exacerbate…