ONGOING : Comparative Study of Board Processes, Procedures and Practices (BPPPs)

Date: 02/05/2017
Type: Business Process Review
Status: On-going

The Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) of the African Development Bank is undertaking a comparative study of Board processes, procedures, practices and the extent to which they could contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of the Board of Executive Directors in fulfilling its mandate. The primary objective of the study is to draw lessons and good practices emerging from other Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and from relevant reviews and evaluations for the information of and consideration by the Bank’s Board. The study will cover the following topics: corporate governance, accountability, Board operations, and support to the Board.

On the approach, the comparison will be focused on a wide range of Board-related documents. The study will be carried out in three phases: i) inception phase focusing on document and literature review, and initial interviews with members of the Bank’s Board and the Boards of the selected comparators; ii) data gathering phase, continuing the document review and focus on interviews of Board members and Board’s counterparts – the President and senior managers. In addition, gathering information about Board’s interaction with the Boards of Governors, and iii) analysis and report preparation phase. Specifically, on the methodology, the study will rely on document and literature review, and semi-structured interviews.

This study is not intended to make formal recommendations but to propose to the Board for its review, a synthesis of lessons and good practices, based on practical examples of other organizations, rather than abstract, theoretical principles.