If a community is concerned about the potential harmful effects of a development project sponsored by an international agency, what steps can it take? An innovative institutional governance review process that is being used more and more frequently is making it possible for ordinary people to raise questions about whether international development agencies (eg the World Bank, IFC, Global Environmental Facility) are adhering to the stated goals and policies of those agencies. This mini-seminar will examine three different real-world cases: We will first determine how a community and civil society can initiate mechanisms that voice serious concerns about development projects funded by international development agencies. We will then ascertain accountability for these initiatives and analyze their effectiveness. This mini seminar will provide tools for public servants and development practitioners who partner with these agencies, civil society, and communities to promote better governance through better accountability. Legal background is not required.