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The IoDSA in conjunction with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and sponsored by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is looking for case studies that are recent and relevant to the African continent corporate governance environment and landscape

This is the IoDSA’s first collaboration competition to showcase global submissions from participants on all areas of African corporate governance.

Case studies must be based on actual corporate governance cases in Africa, within organisation which can be expected to, or choose to, apply the principles contained in the King Code for Governance Principles in South Africa and the King Report on Governance in South Africa ("King III”) or the relevant corporate governance code of the country within which the organisation operates.

The IoDSA, the IFC and SECO are offering prizes to the value of R170 000.


Monetary prizes:

The winning case study will receive R 30 000

2nd  place - R 25 000

3rd place - R 20 000

4th to 10th places - R 10 000 each


The top 3 award winners will also receive:

  • Free IoDSA membership for 3 years
  • Profile in Directorship magazine


Each candidate must register their details by clicking here.


All registered candidates will receive on-going communication in relation to the African Governance Showcase, including further instructions on the submission of case studies. 



All candidates will need to register a profile or login to their existing IoDSA profile on the IoDSA website. Upon completion of the case study, each candidate will sign in and upload their case study material under the ‘files and links’ button into the file library, then send a notification email to Julie Dixon ( who will confirm receipt.

Click here for instructions on how to upload your case study material. 


Note: the closing date for submission has been extended to 15 February 2016.

  • Case studies may either be an example of best practice or an example where weaknesses in the corporate governance landscape and arena were identified and corrected.
  • A central theme of the case study must be taken from the list below.


1. Ethical leadership and corporate citizenship 
2.  Boards and Directors 
3. Committees of the board 
4. The governance of risk 
5. The governance of information technology 
6. Compliance with laws, codes, rules and standards  
7. Control environment  
8. Internal audit 
9. Governing stakeholder relationships 
10. Integrated reporting and disclosure 
11. Treatment of minority shareholders
12. Director remuneration/compensation  


  • A maximum of 3 authors per case study is permitted.
  • All submissions must be approximately 1 500 to 2 000 words long (approximately 3-4 typed pages). 
  • Candidates are requested to provide a word count.
  • Any graphs and diagrams to be considered extra.
  • Candidates are requested to use Arial font 11 pt 1.5 spacing
  • Candidates must submit the case study through the iThenticate programme available on the case study website to identify any issues of plagiarism.

 All candidates will be required to attach the following appendices:




Key teaching points of the case study, describing the central theme as listed above, in addition to the generalised teaching and learning objectives to be realized from the case study.
2.  A declaration of the candidate’s relationship (past and present), if any, with the organisation on which the case study is based, in the form of a release form. 
3. A complete reference list of all publicly available information used in the case study, compiled using a recognised referencing system such as APA, Harvard etc
4. Where a candidate has used privately obtained information in the compilation of the case study, a signed release form signed by an individual at an appropriate level of the organisation.
5.  A signed consent to publish form acknowledging the IoDSA/IFC’s right of ownership of the case study.


All persons, including South African Citizens and Foreign Nationals may enter the competition. However, to enter you must be at least 18 years old. To qualify to receive the membership prize you must qualify for same.



Employees of the IoDSA, IFC and SECO and the spouse, life partner, siblings, children, or parents of any of such employee persons.


Candidates may submit multiple entries.


An awards ceremony will be held to announce the final results. The authors of the top 10 case studies will be notified ahead of the awards ceremony.  


Candidates that do any of the following or attempt to do any of the following, whether alone or through anyone else will immediately be disqualified from winning any of the prizes:

  • Plagiarism of any manner whatsoever particularly of any publication or other articles
  • Not obtaining valid consent from a company mentioned in the case study
  • Failure to submit all required appendices listed above. 

The submissions will be judged by a panel of experts on corporate governance. The judges’ decision will be final.

  • The IoDSA and IFC have the joint right to end this competition at any time. If this happens, a notice will be published on the IoDSA website and you agree to waive (give up) any rights that you may have about this competition and acknowledge that you will have no rights against the IoDSA or IFC in this regard
  • The IoDSA and IFC have the right to change these rules of the competition.
  • The IoDSA and IFC will publish changes on its website
  • The clauses in these rules are severable. This means that if any clause in these rules is found to be unlawful, it will be removed and the remaining clauses will still apply.
  • Where ever time has been referred to in these rules, it refers GMT +2
  • These rules and the competition are governed by the law of the Republic of South Africa.

1.  Griffith University - writing a case study 

Case study guidelines by Claire Beswick Part 1

3. Case study guidelines by Claire Beswick Part 2
4. Three core elements of a good case study 

 5.  Colorado State University - writing guide on case studies 
 6.   The Case Study Triangle 



The Institute of Directors in Southern Africa NPC (IoDSA) is a professional body recognised by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) and a non-profit company that exists to promote corporate governance, and to maintain and enhance the credibility of directorship as a profession.


International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is an international organization with a mission to promote sustainable private sector investment in developing countries, to reduce poverty and improve people’s lives. IFC’s Africa Corporate Governance Program, funded by SECO, provides advisory services to help strengthen the development of the private sector in Sub-Saharan Africa.


The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is Switzerland's competence center for all core issues relating to economic policy. Its Economic Cooperation and Development Division is responsible for the planning and implementation of economic cooperation and development activities with middle income developing countries, with countries of Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (transition countries). Through its interventions, SECO seeks to ease its partner countries' integration into the world economy and promote economic growth that is socially as well as environmentally responsible and climate-friendly.


Julie Dixon



African governance showcase

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