Directory of Community Guidance on Agreements Relating to Agriculture or Forestry Investments

Directory is available here.

While there are a number of existing resources that can assist communities and their advocates in their interactions with investors over land—from negotiating better agreements with investors, to monitoring whether investors fulfill the terms of their agreements—these resources are not always easy to find. CCSI has created a detailed directory that lists relevant guides and other documents, provides links to the original documents, and includes brief descriptions of their content. This directory, provided as a Google document, is available here; it can be viewed online, downloaded, emailed, and printed.

The directory was developed in the course of a partnership with Namati to develop community-oriented resources to support communities’ interactions with investors.

CCSI will update this document periodically; if you know of additional materials that should be included, please email us at

While the directory provides specific information about each resource and is organized by category, this webpage also includes a hyperlinked list of resources for quicker access.


Accountability Counsel, Accountability Resource Guide: Tools for Redressing Human Rights & Environmental Abuses in International Finance and Development (2015)

Allen & Overy, Guide to Extractive Industries – Mining / Oil & Gas (2013)

American Bar Association, Mining and Communities: Supporting human rights-based development in the context of industrial mining in Guinea (original French) / (abridged English) (2015)

Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, A Guide to Community-Based Monitoring for Northern Communities (1998)

Carlos Zorilla, Protecting Your Community Against Mining Companies and Other Extractive Industries: A Guide for Community Organizers (2009)


Center for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), Step-By-Step Guide to Filing a Complaint with a Grievance Mechanism (n.d.)

Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Good Practice Note: Community Development Agreements (2011)

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Timor Leste, Working with agribusiness investors in Timor Leste: Guidelines for community members (2011)

Communities First, Library of Community Toolkits (n. d.)

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, Guide for Evaluating Mining Project Environmental Impact Assessments (2010)

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, Natural Resource Contracts: A Practical Guide (2013)

Food and Agriculture Organization, Respecting Free, Prior, and Informed Consent: Practical guidance for governments, companies, NGOs, indigenous peoples and local communities in relation to land acquisition (2014)

Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project, Community/Investor Guidelines for Large-Scale Land Transactions (2015)

Ginger Gibson and Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh, IBA Community Toolkit (2015)

Greenwatch Uganda, A Community-Based Guide for Monitoring Impacts of Oil and Gas Activities on the Environment (2011)

Inclusive Development International and International Institute for Environment and Development, Follow the Money:  An Advocate’s Guide to Securing Accountability in Agricultural Investments  (2015)

Inclusive Development International, Avoiding Forced Evictions: A Community Guide to Negotiation and Advocacy – Facilitator’s Manual / Participant’s Manual (2014)

Indigenous Support Services, Agreements between Mining Companies and Indigenous Communities (2001)

International Council on Mining & Metals, Community Development Toolkit (2012)

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Guide to Negotiating Investment Contracts for Farmland and Water (2014)

International Senior Lawyers Project / CCSI, Guide to Land Contracts: Agricultural Projects (2016) / Guide to Forestry Contracts (2015)

Namati, Community Land Protection Facilitators Guide (2016)

Namati, Ground Truthing: A note on methodology (2016)

Natural Resource Governance Institute / Human Rights Institute, Columbia University, Government and Citizen oversight of mining: Enforcing the Rules (2011)

Oxfam, Guide to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (2014)

Rights in Development, Tools and Guides (n. d.)

South Sudan Law Society, Handbook on Community Engagement (2012)

The Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) and Namati, Community Guide: Getting a Fair Deal from Companies and Investors (2013)

USAID, Operational Guidelines for Responsible Land-Based Investment (2015)

World Bank Institute, Contract Monitoring Roadmap (n.d.)

World Bank, Mining Community Development Agreements Source Book (2012)

World Bank, Sleeping on our own mats: an introduction to community-based monitoring and evaluation (2002)

World Resources Institute, Monitoring for Impact: Lessons on natural resources monitoring from 13 NGOs Vol I / Vol II (2000)