IFC Resettlement Handbook

This IFC publication was one of the first comprehensive good practice guides for project-related resettlement and is as useful now as when it was published back in 2002. The manual explains the essential steps you should follow when designing and implementing resettlement plans.

IFC PS5: Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement

10 years on and this is still one of the go-to references for anyone considering land acquisition and resettlement.

IFC PS6: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources

Another good place to start.

IFC PS3: Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention.

A good starting point for a novice.

IFC PS8: Cultural Heritage

This IFC publication is a good starting point for anyone wanting to get their head around how to address issues relating to cultural heritage their project or operation might be facing. The ideas are pretty simple really - protect cultural heritage from the impacts of project development and promote the fair sharing of any benefits that may arise from the use of cultural heritage. 

IFC Local Procurement Guide

This short guide is designed to help project site operators in the extractive industries to create a policy and strategy for local procurement. You can download the assessment diagnostic spreadsheet from the IFC website.

IFC Strategic Community Investment Quick Guide

A strategic approach to community investment encourages creative thinking across the company when trying come up with ways to generate value for both your business and your neighbouring communities.

IFC Strategic Community Engagement for Juniors

Early Strategic Stakeholder Engagement (ESSE): A good plan with a well thought-through implementation process can ensure that initial stakeholder engagement provides a solid foundation for gaining and sustaining support of stakeholders, and in particular directly affected local communities, for every phase of project and operational life.

IFC Stakeholder Engagement Good Practice Guide

Addresses the shift to a broader, more inclusive and continuous process of engagement between companies and stakeholders and reflects the increasing recognition of the business and reputation risks that come from poor stakeholder relations.

Identified key attributes of good engagement include starting early, not waiting until there is a problem to engage, taking a long term view, tailoring the process to fit the project and managing engagement as you would any other part of the business.

IFC Grievance Mechanisms Good Practice Guide

Having a way to address community concerns and complaints is essential if you're serious about building and maintaining a good relationship with your local communities and this guidance from the IFC is as relevant and useful today as it was when it was published in 2009.

IFC Webinar: Performance Standards 101

A good way to spend an hour getting an introduction to how the performance standards work.

IFC Webinar Introduction to the performance standards

IFC In-Migration Guide

This guide was developed to fill a gap in assessing and addressing the risk of In-Migration through better recognition, understanding and management of the issue.

IFC Health Impact Assessment Guide

As the name suggests this is a good place to start when thinking about the what, why and how of managing company impacts on community health. The way it is written means that you can pick up a lot of ideas even if you are not a health professional.

The guideline sets out methodical approaches to assess and address potential community impacts that are typically encountered by extractive companies, provides guidance on how to develop terms of reference for carrying out a Health Impact Assessment and promotes the inclusion of health impact aspects in the environmental and social impact assessment process.