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,
- export promotion agencies, or
- private multi-national corporations.
Examples of the types of projects causing harm where this Guide may be useful are mines, oil and gas extraction, production and pipeline facilities, water privatization projects, agricultural projects (such as palm oil), and forestry projects.
This Guide is intended to assist community leaders, lawyers, and non-governmental organizations in determining what rights they have and how they may access accountability mechanisms when those rights have been or may be violated. This Guide discusses what accountability mechanisms are, how they function, and how to initiate a claim or complaint under each mechanism.