During our May 2014 Annual Meeting in Peru, the CGAP Council of Governors elected three new, at-large industry members to the CGAP Executive Committee (ExCom), which functions as CGAP’s de facto Board. Enlisting industry members to serve on our Board with member oversight roles and learning from their experiences are hallmarks of CGAP’s governance structure. In a 2012 independent review of the governance structure of similar, albeit at times much larger Global Partnership Programs, the reviewers highlighted the small working structure of CGAP’s ExCom and praised it as noteworthy in its “solidly technical and professional membership.”
CGAP has a total of 11 ExCom members who represent geographic diversity from three continents as well as expertise ranging from base-of-the pyramid banking, to technology start-ups, to emerging market policy making.
In addition to the four at-large members, the ExCom includes six representatives from CGAP’s member organizations, typically from technically relevant counterpart units, and the CGAP CEO as ex officio. The six representatives are Edvardas Bumsteinas, European Investment Bank; Anniken Esbensen, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD); Margaret Grosh, World Bank; Michael Hamp, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); Ann Miles, The MasterCard Foundation; and the ExCom chair Kazuto Tsuji, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The ExCom provides strategic guidance to CGAP on its five-year strategic framework and associated results framework. It recommends to the Council of Governors approval of the Operational Team annual workplan and budgets, and reviews implementation of the approved workplans and budgets and achievement of results. The ExCom also provides guidance to the Council of Governors on partnership governance issues.
Practitioners have their unique and even most interesting experiences that could have monumental contribution in the Cgap board.
We do have situations where focused practitioners have successfully come up with telling solutions to varied challenges in the day to day operations and therefrom industry standards end up being set up for possible global consumption.
Whereas it is within the Cgap ambit on how they probably identify and select such aforesaid members,however total focus or high level concentration on the high profiled personalities on the global landscape may at times not necessarily be the only in-thing!
There are practitioners out there,well spread globally doing amazing jobs but due to the size of their institutions and perhaps none visibility yet(public coverage?) such may not be accessed,unfortunately to the detriment of the wider constituency industry.Cgap is,however,doing a great job in her effort to reach all corners of the globe.
Otherwise personally i am thoroughly thrilled with admirable Cgap initiative and more so the three enlisted herein!
Best of luck to the three,Cgap and entire micro finance global family