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COMPETITION OPENS 12 APRIL 2017 AND CLOSES 10 JULY 2017


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. 

 


 
The case study competition encourages global submissions from participants on all areas of African corporate governance. Case studies must be based on corporate governance cases in Africa, within organisations which could be expected to, or chose to, apply the principles contained in the King Reports on Corporate Governance in South Africa or the relevant corporate governance codes of the country within which the organisation operates.

 



The IoDSA, the IFC and SECO are offering prizes to the value of R75 000.

 

Monetary prizes:

The winning case study will receive R 30 000

2nd  place - R 25 000

3rd place - R 20 000

 

The top 3 award winners will also receive:

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

 



Each candidate must complete and submit the registration form to casestudy@iodsa.co.za to register.

Click here for the registration form.

 

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 to submit their case study to casestudy@iodsa.co.za.
All submissions must be submitted undercover of a required submission checklist cover page - click here for the template.


  • Case studies may either be an example of best practice or an example of 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 governance themes 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  


  • Required structure of case study submissions:  The following structure is intended to ensure a standard format for each submission: 

 

    1.  Declaration of original authorship - reflected on required submission checklist cover page
  2.  Statement of word count (max 1500 - 2000 words, excluding appendices - reflected on required submission checklist cover page
  3. Introduction with indication of the governance theme covered  
  4. The main body of the case, including: 
 
  • The problem 
 
  • Contextual background 
 
  • Conclusion 
  5. Reflections or probing questions for reader
  6. Teaching notes (optional)
  7. Reference list
  8. A key to abbreviations used (if needed) 
  9. Appendices (if needed)

 

  • A maximum of 3 authors per case study is permitted.
  • Candidates are requested to provide a word count:
    • This count will comprise all text from the full case study, including title page, introduction, main body and conclusion. 
    • This count excludes appendices, references, key abbreviations and text in diagrams. 
  • Candidates are required to use Arial font 11 pt 1.5 spacing.
  • All submissions will be submitted through the plagiarism programme iThenticate - any submission containing 30% or more plagiarised content will not be accepted. 

 

 
 
The submissions will be judged by a panel of experts on corporate governance. The judges’ decision will be final. To view a judging rubric that will be used by the judges, click here

 


 
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. Independent contractors and facilitators of the IoDSA may enter the competition. 

 

Candidates may submit multiple entries.



An awards ceremony will be held to announce the final results. The authors of the top 3 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, click here for consent to publish release form
  • Failure to submit all required appendices listed above. 


 

  • 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 the rules of the competition at any moment.
  • 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.

 


 

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.

 



For further information or assistance please email casestudy@iodsa.co.za

African Governance Showcase Documents

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Registration Form PDF (123.51 KB) Administration 2017/04/11
Required Submission Checklist Cover Page PDF (127.86 KB) Administration 2017/04/11
Competition Rubric PDF (305.74 KB) Administration 2017/04/11
Consent to Publish Release Form PDF (121.73 KB) Administration 2017/04/11
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