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

By: 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 Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)), or
• private multinational corporations
(such as Chevron, Rio Tinto and Shell).

Examples of the types of projects that can cause harm where this Guide may be useful are: mines; oil and gas extraction, production and pipeline facilities; water privatization projects; and agricultural projects.

This Guide is intended to assist community leaders, lawyers, and non governmental organizations (NGOs) in determining what rights communities have and how they may access accountability mechanisms when those rights have been or may be violated. These tools may be used where a project has harmed communities or resources on which they depend or when there is fear of harm in the future.