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Publish Date: 6/2/15

Institutes of Directors Practice Brief

This report looks at similarities among successful IoD networks and analyzes the benefits and key takeaways from networks in Latin America, Africa, North America, and Europe to leverage synergies to develop effective and sustainable networks.

Publish Date: 1/24/14

Behind Directors Certification Programs: Key Points To Consider

Certification programs trigger debates among corporate governance experts: some are strongly against it, saying nothing can replace real boardroom experience, while others see it as a valid method for improving the knowledge and skills of directors. In April 2013, we raised this question with over 70 director training organizations to better understand the benefits and challenges of certification and to compare experiences.

Publish Date: 12/16/13

Settling Down into a Long-Term Partnership: Successful Relationships for Sustainable Clients

This SmartLesson sets out some points to consider when engaging with a long-term partner in a capacity-building program - and some ideas on measuring whether capacity is being effectively built.

Publish Date: 5/30/13

South-South Knowledge Transfer: How Brazil and Mozambique Cooperated on Corporate Governance Capacity Building

In 2010 the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (IBGC) reached out to IFC’s Global Corporate Governance Forum for support in its South-South collaboration project with Mozambique. Initially envisioned as a short series of training workshops, the project evolved into a long-term partnership that benefited all parties and provided some valuable lessons on how to make such South-South collaboration work.

Publish Date: 4/15/13

Arming Directors with Skills for Effective Management of Board Disputes

Boards will inevitably confront disputes involving corporate governance issues that they often are ill-equipped to resolve. Yet few directors see the need to learn about alternative dispute resolution approaches - until they end up with a ineffective board or costly and destructive litigation. For the enterprising corporate governance capacity-building organization, there is a market for helping directors acquire necessary skills and knowledge to manage intense deliberations and conflict.

Publish Date: 7/9/12

One IFC in Practice - The Example of the Azerbaijan Corporate Governance Project

The Azerbaijan Corporate Governance Project worked to improve corporate governance practices in Azerbaijani companies and commercial banks, and to strengthen the relevant regulatory framework for corporate governance. The project is an excellent example of the strength in leveraging global-local partnerships, and of a collaborative use of different advisory services products.

Publish Date: 9/16/11

Sense and Sensibility: Helping Companies See the Value of Women in the Boardroom

This SmartLesson describes the initiative in Jordan and Pakistan, which will be an adaptable model for other select countries in the region.

Publish Date: 6/15/11

Network of Corporate Governance Institutes in Latin America: Bonding over Common Objectives while Meeting Local Needs

Lessons Learned. This is the story of a group of corporate governance institutes in Latin America.

Publish Date: 6/15/11

Lessons from IFC's Corporate Governance Experience

This publication shares knowledge our staff has developed during more than a decade of designing and implementing corporate governance projects.

Publish Date: 6/1/11

Strengthening Risk Governance in Banks: Lessons From the Design and Implementation of the Forum's Financial Markets Recovery Project

Lessons Learned. The global financial crisis exposed weaknesses in banks' corporate governance systems. To help banks address risk management problems and to mitigate future systemic banking crises, the Forum launched the Financial Markets Recovery Project.

Publish Date: 5/15/11

Building a Successful Corporate Governance Institute in Less Than One Year. How the Baltic Institute Became a Reality —and What Others Can Learn From It

Lessons Learned. In 2009, a handful of dedicated volunteers, with the aid of a few well-placed connections, sparked a movement that led to creation of the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance (BICG) and its world-class deliverables.

Publish Date: 3/15/11

Corporate Governance Scorecard: Versatile Tool for Companies, Investors, and Regulators - Experiences from Southeast Europe and East Asia

Lessons Learned. Scorecards have been adopted by companies, investors, and regulators in many emerging market and developing countries. They serve as a solution for investors and analysts to assess the quality of a company's governance.

Publish Date: 3/15/11

Оценочная карта корпоративного управления - многогранный инструмент для компаний, инвесторов и регуляторов

Извлеченные уроки. В данной публикации авторы поделятся опытом разработки и эффективного применения оценочных карт.

Publish Date: 10/15/10

Business Reporting Beyond Numbers: Looking for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Corporate Governance

Lessons Learned. This paper aims to help business journalists track down corporate governance stories, ask the right questions to uncover critical information, and explain complex subjects to the public.

Publish Date: 6/15/10

Institutes Share Successes and Challenges in Training Board Directors to Lead Corporate Governance Reforms

Lessons Learned. Too often, board directors have the business acumen but lack a deep comprehension of corporate governance or the leadership skills required to reform policies, practices, and behaviors that can undermine a company’s performance.

Publish Date: 5/15/10

Forum to Expand Global Leadership in New Phase of Initiatives

Lessons Learned. An independent evaluation report supports the Forum’s plans to strengthen its global “knowledge management platform,” building on the “lessons learned” from the Forum’s targeted, practical initiatives.

Publish Date: 2/15/10

Improving Banks Corporate Governance Practices in Southeast Europe

Lessons Learned. Learn how the Forum, EBRD and IFC work together to help financial institutions and regulators adopt best practices for conducting business in the region.

Publish Date: 1/15/10

Learn Before You Lead: The Corporate Governance Board Leadership Training Resources Kit

SmartLesson. The Training Resources Kit focuses on strengthening skills of corporate governance trainers, who, in turn, would work directly with company directors and members of governing bodies.

Publish Date: 12/15/09

Thomson Reuters Foundation and Forum Train Journalists to Report on Corporate Governance Issues

Lessons Learned. The partners run a unique program to help journalists strengthen their reporting about issues related to corporate governance.

Publish Date: 10/15/09

Partnerships in India Leverage Strengths for Success

Lessons Learned. The article explains how the Forum has been forging the partnerships in India for local institutions to leverage their resources to build capacity, broaden awareness, and achieve progress in gaining broad acceptance by businesses for corporate governance best practices.

Publish Date: 8/15/09

How Bangladesh Is Making Progress - Corporate Governance Effort Is Central to Sustainable Development

Lessons Learned. The article demonstrates how the Forum helps Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) to leverage global expertise and advocate its programs among different private sector shareholders and regulators.

Publish Date: 4/15/09

For the Public Good - Pro Bono Work of Private Sector Advisors Advances Corporate Governance Initiatives

Lessons Learned. Learn how the Forum mobilizes its extensive network of business leaders, the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG), in making services accessible in emerging markets.

Publish Date: 2/15/09

Sharing Experience on Developing Corporate Governance Codes

Lessons Learned. The first workshop on supporting corporate governance codes and scorecards in developing countries includes lessons learned from South Africa and Egypt.

Publish Date: 12/25/08

Walking the talk: How the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance Succeeds (Chinese)

Lessons Learned. The paper discusses how the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (IBGC) set up its own governance structure, gained credibility in the business community, and achieved long term sustainability. (In Chinese)

Publish Date: 12/20/08

Walking the talk: How the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance Succeeds (Portuguese)

Lessons Learned. The paper discusses how Brazil set up its own corporate governance structure.

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