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Corporate Governance Board Leadership Training

Most codes of best practice in corporate governance require directors to undergo periodic training to improve their knowledge and skills, so they can become better leaders and change agents of their companies. The Board Leadership Training program builds capacity of trainers (training of trainers, ToT) who, in turn, train board directors in emerging-market and developing countries.

This initiative was launched in 2007 with the development of the Corporate Governance Board Leadership Training Resources Toolkit. The toolkit is introduced to local markets through the IFC's partner institutions, such as Institutes of Directors, corporate governance associations, and universities. Since its launch, trainers from about 60 countries have completed the IFC's ToT program.

TOT in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2009

Through multiday trainings, experienced trainers learn how to use the Training Resources while strengthening their skills for conducting interactive training sessions designed to replicate the boardroom environment. Training resources include:

  • Experiential Learning Cycle methodology suitable for adult learners
  • A comprehensive curriculum, with PowerPoint presentations and case studies to enhance the learning experience
  • A modular curriculum design that allows for quick customization
  • Free long-term support to the IFC-trained trainers through a dedicated online blog and collaborative space

"The Corporate Governance Board Leadership Training Resources has revolutionized the way the Institute of Directors of Zambia conducts its training programs in a very positive way." Victoria Silutongwe, Executive Director, Institute of Directors of Zambia

For more information about this program, and to inquire about availability of training in your country/region, please contact Ghita Alderman at


Corporate Governance Secretaries Toolkit was produced by IFC and CSIA in response to emerging market demand for improved corporate governance. It provides training and guidance materials covering the full spectrum of the Corporate Secretary’s role, functions and responsibilities and draws on examples from both developed and emerging markets. Hong Kong, April 2014

Corporate Governance Board Leadership Training Resources Toolkit is available only to the trainers who go through the IFC's ToT program. The toolkit includes five curriculum modules, a case study that traces the evolution of a hypothetical company as it considers corporate governance reforms, and CD-ROMs with all of the content. 


Governing Banks is a sector-specific supplement designed to be taught in conjunction with its Board Leadership Training Resources Toolkit. It addresses specific needs of board directors of banks and other financial institutions, including risk management and accounting/audit issues. 


The full set of the main toolkit and supplements is available only to the trainers who go through the IFC's Board Leadership Training Program.

User Group Review Workshop minutes, Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 2010

Lessons Learned/SmartLessons

Institutes Share Successes and Challenges in Training Board Directors to Lead Corporate Governance Reforms, June 2010.

Learn Before You Lead: The Corporate Governance Board Leadership Training Resources Kit, SmartLesson, January 2010.

Corporate Governance Leadership Program: Assessment Stimulates Program Thrust, April 2008.

Private Sector Opinion

Leveraging Board Assessment for Sustained Performance by Elise Walton

A Corporate Governance Model: Building Responsible Boards and Sustainable Business by Dr. Yilmaz Argüden

Where Were the Directors? by David R. Beatty


Board Performance Evaluation by Simon Osborne


Reform Realism and the Boardroom by Philip TN Koh FCIS, Mah-Kamariyah, and Philip Koh

Other Publications 

Corporate Governance in Swenglish. Adaptation of the IFC’s Board Leadership training materials and Swedish CG cases, produced by the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance.

Corporate Governance of Non-Listed Companies in Emerging Markets (OECD)

Case Studies of Good Corporate Governance Practices (IFC, former GCGF, OECD)

Experiences from the Regional Corporate Governance Roundtables (OECD)

IFC Family Business Governance Handbook

OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises

OECD Principles of Corporate Governance

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