African Governance Showcase
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For a third consecutive year, 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 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
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 case study 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 corporate governance theme covered  
  4. The main body of the case study, 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 for the competition. 


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 the candidate/s must be at least 18 years old. To qualify to receive the IoDSA membership prize, the candidate/s must qualify for one of the IoDSA membership categories. 

Employees of the IoDSA, IFC and SECO and their spouse, life partner, siblings, children, or parents of any of such employee persons may not enter the competition.
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 a third party 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 the candidates agree to waive (give up) any rights that they may have about this competition and acknowledge that they will have no rights against the IoDSA or IFC in this regard
  • If a case study submission has been submitted for publication elsewhere, the candidate/s must ensure that the IoDSA and IFC are not subject to intellectual property restrictions and therefore the IoDSA and IFC are completely able to freely publish and disseminate the case study as teaching content.   
  • The IoDSA and IFC have the right to change the rules of the competition at any moment.
  • The IoDSA and IFC will publish changes in respect of the competition 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 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.


Video Library

African Governance Showcase : Why? from IoDSA 

How to write a case study by
Claire Beswick - Wits Business School

How to tell a story in your case study - Roman Zyla from IFC


For further information or assistance please email



African Governance Showcase Documents

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Required Submission Checklist Cover Page 2018.pdf PDF (35.59 KB) Administration 2018/06/25
Registration Form2018.pdf PDF (35.2 KB) Administration 2018/06/25
Consent to publish release form2018.pdf PDF (34.25 KB) Administration 2018/06/25
African_Showcase_Competition_Rubric2018.pdf PDF (313.1 KB) Administration 2018/06/21
Report on top three submissions for 2017 PDF (343.52 KB) Administration 2018/01/29
Frequently asked questions PDF (302.02 KB) Administration 2017/08/18

Top 3 submissions from 2017

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Equity Bank.pdf PDF (449.97 KB) Administration 2018/06/13
Corporate governance at SIC Company Limited.pdf PDF (256.05 KB) Administration 2018/06/13
African Bank Investment Ltd (ABIL).pdf PDF (897.39 KB) Administration 2018/06/13

Top 6 submissions from 2016

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Workplace Forums at Transalloys.pdf PDF (142.98 KB) Administration 2018/06/13
Succession Planning in a Family Business.pdf PDF (138.41 KB) Administration 2018/06/13
Okaviceto Tourism Corporate Governance in an S.pdf PDF (130.79 KB) Administration 2018/06/13
Illovo Sugar Seeking Lasting Solutions to Land.pdf PDF (176.38 KB) Administration 2018/06/13
CSIR Risk Management that Works.pdf PDF (141.67 KB) Administration 2018/06/13
Bevcan Ethical Practice in Angola.pdf PDF (131.69 KB) Administration 2018/06/13