The Updated Community Guide to IFC Performance Standard 7

Guide to IFI standards April 2017
Guide to IFI standards April 2017

The Updated Community Guide to IFC Performance Standard 7

A clear, illustrated guide for communities explaining the International Finance Corporation (IFC)’s Performance Standard 7 on Indigenous Peoples (PS7). The guide has been updated to account for changes the IFC made in 2012. It is aimed at informing affected communities, their representative organisations and supporters about PS7. It reviews what to do if a company is planning to develop projects on or near indigenous peoples lands, using a loan from the IFC) – the private sector part of the World Bank Group.

The guide explains how to improve, monitor, question or challenge such projects if affected communities consider the IFC is not following its own rules and has not respected the communities' rights. In doing so it summarises the rules of PS7, as well as other relevant performance standards, reviews the rules that a company or IFC staff must follow through different phases in a project and what you can do if you are worried about a project.

This guide is available to download in the following languages:

Bahasa Indonesia

The guide contains a number of contacts for NGOs already working on issues to do with World Bank Group projects. We wanted to give a slightly expanded, and more easily updatable, list live on a website. Please find those contacts below:

Accountability Counsel
A US-based organisation which assists communities to defend their rights through complaints to accountability offices tied to projects that cause harm.
Address: 244 Kearny Street, Floor 6, San Francisco, California, 94108, USA
Tel: +1 (415) 296-6761

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
An Asian regional organization made up of indigenous peoples’ movements, aiming to promote and defend indigenous peoples’ rights. The organisation has worked on World Bank, and other IFI, related projects in support of community partners.
Address: 112 Moo 1, T. Sanpranate, A. Sansai, Chiang Mai, 50210, Thailand
Tel: +66 53 343 539

Bank Information Center (BIC)
A global NGO that works with civil society in developing countries to influence the World Bank and other international financial institutions to promote social and economic justice and ecological sustainability.
Address: 1023 15th St NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005, USA
Tel: +1 202-737-7752
Fax: +1 202-737-1155

Bretton Woods Project (BWP)
A UK-based NGO aiming to open space for civil society and social movements within the World Bank and the IMF. The organisation works to amplify the voices of marginalised populations by providing them avenues for expression, access to decision-makers and opportunities explore prospects for cooperation with groups globally.
Address: c/o Action Aid, 33-39 Bowling Green Lane, London EC1R 0BJ, UK
Tel: +44 20 3122 0610

Center for International and Environmental Law
A US-based international legal research and advocacy organisation with a focus on connecting global challenges to the experiences of communities on the ground. Part of its mandate includes holding development finance institutions to account.
Address: 1350 Connecticut Avenue, #NW Suite #1100, Washington DC, 20036, USA
Tel: +1 202 785-8700
Fax: +1 202 785-8701

Coalition for Human Rights in Development
A global coalition of social movements, civil society organisations, and grassroots groups working to ensure that all development finance institutions respect human rights. It has a broad and diverse global membership who can offer different types of support.
Tel: +1 202 742-5831

Inclusive Development International
An NGO which supports the struggles of those fighting on the front lines for just and inclusive development. The organisation works to build the capacity of grassroots organizations and communities to defend their land, natural resources and human rights against threats from harmful investment, trade and development projects.
Address: 50 S French Broad Avenue Suite 257, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Tel: +1 (828) 484-8644

International Accountability Project (IAP)
An international NGO that gives advice to indigenous and local communities about how to make complaints about international financial institutions and aid agencies, including the IFC.
Email: via website above
601 W 26th St #325-220
New York, NY 10001
+1 (718) 427-4737