Community protocol processes can be complex undertakings that involve many different people and require a wide range of issues to be addressed. Protocols often take time, effort, and focus in order to obtain the outcomes that a community seeks. At the same time, protocols are not necessarily appropriate in every situation. Therefore, it is important for those interested in the process to consider a broad array of factors when deciding whether and how to develop a community protocol. Recognising this, our partners participating in the Community Engagement with Extractive Industries project identified a need for a resource that facilitators could use to help communities with such decisions. The Community Protocols Toolbox, which was officially launched at a Symposium held in Berlin, Germany on 14 April 2016, seeks to address that need.
The Toolbox breaks the protocol process down into specific elements and provides context and issues to consider for each of those elements. It also provides participatory tools that can be used during meetings, information on protocols in the context of extractive industries, and information about where relevant national and international laws can be found to support the legal empowerment elements of the protocol process. Although the Toolbox is geared toward facilitators, it is useful for anyone who is interested in understanding the major elements of community protocols and what to consider before developing one.
The Toolbox is divided into seven sections: an Introduction, five Booklets, and a Leaflet of additional resources. Each individual section is available for download below. The complete Toolbox as a single document is also available.
The Toolbox is divided into seven different sections:
The Introduction provides an overview of the Toolbox design, as well as background on the concept of community protocols, the project giving rise to the Toolbox, and the different protocol processes that are part of the project.
|Considerations for Facilitators
Booklet 1 breaks the protocol process into five elements, provides context for those elements, and poses questions that facilitators wishing to engage in the protocol process should ask before doing so.
|Participatory Methodologies and Tools
Booklet 2 provides textual, visual, verbal, and dramatic tools that can be used in community meetings to help develop a community protocol. Each tool is linked with an element set forth in Booklet 1.
|Developing and Using Community Protocols
Booklet 3 goes in depth into the process of developing community protocols. It gives guiding principles for facilitators and parameters for engaging and negotiating with external actors.
|Community Protocols and Extractive Industries
Booklet 4 discusses community protocols in the context of extractive industries, addressing some of the specific challenges that arise in that context and providing an overview of the different stakeholders that may be involved.
|Legal Elements of the Community Protocol
Legal empowerment is a crucial element of community protocols, and Booklet 5 seeks to provide practical information about where national, regional and international laws can be found that can be used to support the priorities that communities select for their protocol.
|Useful Resources and Further Reading
The Leaflet sets forth several additional resources for communities in the context of extractive industries, with Internet links provided.
|Community Protocols Toolbox
Download the Community Protocols Toolbox in its entirety.
The Community Protocols Toolbox was made possible by the generous support of Heinrich Böll Stiftung.