About the Partners
The World Bank Institute
The World Bank Institute is the capacity development arm of the World Bank and helps countries share and apply global and local knowledge to meet development challenges. WBI's capacity development programs are designed to build skills among groups of individuals involved in performing tasks and strengthen the organizations in which they work and the sociopolitical environment in which they operate.
The Business, Competitiveness and Development Team
Driven by the growing local demand for Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in the Arab world, the Business, Competitiveness & Development (BCD) team at the World Bank Institute has developed a tailor-made capacity-building program for Egypt and the Arab World. The program focuses on engaging the private sector to address development challenges and adopts a regional and partner-based approach. It relies more heavily on collective efforts and pooling core competencies across national boundaries. The BCD team works closely with local business associations and companies to better understand and measure impact, particularly in the area of direct and indirect job creation, a development priority for Egypt and the broader Arab World.
The Egyptian Institute of Directors
The Egyptian Institute of Directors (EIoD) was established in 2003 as the first institute focusing on corporate governance in the Arab region. It aims at spreading awareness and improving good corporate governance practices in Egypt and the broader Middle East and North Africa region. The Presidential decree no. 231/2004 that changed the affiliation of the EIoD from the Ministry of Trade to the Ministry of Investment stated that the EIoD is responsible for educating and promoting the principles of corporate governance. Therefore, the EIoD collaborates with many leading international organizations such as the World Bank (WB), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and the Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC). The activities of the EIoD are targeted to directors, key executives, shareholders and other stakeholders of corporations, financial institutions, as well as state-owned enterprises.
The Role of the Egyptian Institute of Directors towards Corporate Social Responsibility
EIoD began its concern about CSR when the Ministry of Investment - EIoD signed a cooperation agreement with the United Nations Development Program in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility, that has resulted in the creation of the National Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, which operates under the umbrella of the EIoD to provide companies with the needed information and services related to Corporate Social Responsibility and raise awareness to its importance by offering training programs in the field.
Inwent – Capacity Building International
Inwent is a non-profit organisation with worldwide operations dedicated to human resource development and advanced training. Inwent offers job-specific and practice-oriented continuing education and training programs, dialogue events and online courses to people in key positions, experts and executives from politics, administrations, the business community and civil society to assist them in shaping processes of change in their own countries, which enables them to pass on their knowledge to others and effect long term structural changes. The objective is to shape globalization fairly and encourage sustainable development. Its active alumni network allows participants to continue dialogue both with each other and with Inwent.