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Global Learning

Banking and finance capacity building programmes  

We work with governments, institutes and partners to help them build the skills and capacity that their banking sectors need to support their economies. 

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We work with governments, institutes and partners to help them build the skills and capacity that their banking sectors need to support their economies.

Banking crisis management

Using a mix of interactive online workshops and webinars, this programme is for senior decision makers, such as board members, directors, managers and the senior executives of banks.

This practitioner-led programme will bring you different experiences and perspectives from across the industry and from institutions around the world. We will focus on case studies and how you can apply what you learn from them to your work.

Soft skills and good communication are critical when managing crisis. Our executive coaching will help you develop both your technical and soft skills, so that you can be more effective. You’ll also gain technical expertise in topics relevant to the oversight and management of financial institutions during crisis – including, more specifically, the current Covid-19 pandemic – which will help you understand:

  • the impact of the current crisis
  • how to devise rapid responses
  • how to communicate with different stakeholders.

Our speakers are advisers and board members from financial institutions that face similar challenges. They bring real-time experience on how several jurisdictions are dealing with Covid-19, so that you can learn from shared experiences and observed best practice. They will cover key topics such as:

  • governance
  • risk management
  • operational resilience
  • compliance
  • asset quality
  • liquidity and capital
  • the importance of soft skills in crisis management.

You will have opportunities to discuss specific topics and ask questions, so that you can apply the knowledge you gain directly to your own organisation's work.

We’ve found this programme works best when we deliver it jointly with a local partner to combine an international perspective with local relevance.

We work with local institutes to combine international best practice with knowledge of the local context by blending technical expertise with executive coaching. We can help your leaders think through issues that are specific to your organisation and region.

This will help you find the solutions you need to implement sustainable change.


Working with the Ministry of Finance to review governance and risk management

A big part of the Tunisian economy is tourism. In 2015, terrorists repeatedly attacked tourists, initiating a rapid economic decline. Three of the largest local banks – representing a third of the Tunisian deposit market – had to be nationalised.

The Tunisian Ministry of Finance (MoF) requested UK technical and governance support and we were asked to review existing governance arrangements by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

We created an extended training programme for the Tunisian Public Banks Monitoring Unit and a shorter course for non-executive directors. Both programmes combined technical knowledge and soft skills with real-life practical learning.

We worked with two local institutes, enabling us to combine our international perspective with their local expertise. This was crucial to the success of the training.

Our solution also included:

  • detailed diagnostics to ensure it was fit for purpose and met precise needs
  • 13 modules and six soft skills sessions
  • additional technical support for a new five-year framework for public sector banks in Tunisia.

Those who took part in the programme reported being:

  • more confident
  • better able to think strategically
  • more knowledgeable about internationals standard for governance, risk management and regulation.

More recently, our Tunisian partners have asked us to help during the Covid-19 crisis. We responded with a tailored programme covering all aspects of bank governance in a crisis.

After the first session, Adnan Gallas, Director of the Institut de Financement du Développement du Maghreb Arabe (IFID) said:

“I thank the entire LIBF team for their efforts during this difficult period for having managed to put in place in a short time an ambitious and highly interesting project for all stakeholders. This project will create a kind of brainstorming, a dynamic of positive and collective reflection that can only be beneficial.”

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Tunisia case study   


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Risk management in finance

Using a combination of webinars and online workshops, this programme will provide your organisation with a solid foundation in finance and risk at all levels.

We will tailor the programme to fit the requirements of your organisation and the distinct challenges of your region and your country.

Training commercial bankers to work in the international banking system

The Uzbekistan Banking Association supports the country's commercial banks to meet international standards and so help integrate the banking sector into the international banking system.

We have worked closely with the Uzbekistan Banking Association, to deliver training courses on:

  • small to medium enterprise (SME) finance
  • risk management
  • retail banking and
  • digital banking.

We’ve found this programme works best when we deliver it jointly with a local partner to combine an international perspective with local relevance.  

Our training has focused on enabling local commercial bankers to improve their everyday professional practice.  

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Working with the banking sector to develop access to financial markets


Cuba is a unique country which had relatively little experience of international trade. In 2017, Cuba wanted to develop its access to financial markets.

We collaborated with senior stakeholders in the Cuban banking sector, as well as the British Embassy Prosperity office in Havana, to help with training.

Our initial programme looked at principles of finance and risk.

We were encouraged by the students' tremendous appetite for learning as well as the level of engagement from the industry – including senior stakeholders in the Central Bank and commercial banks.

We have since delivered two more programmes:

  • ·to future bank leaders on international best practice in risk, regulation and compliance, and
  • a second on payments and ICT, to support Cuba's move from a cash-based economy to a modern payments system.

As part of our work in Cuba, we wanted to inspire future leaders in banking. We were delighted to learn that two of the students we had trained went on to win Chevening Scholarships – enabling them to study for a masters in the UK.

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Working with the financial sector to forge a better future


The Abu Dhabi Global Market is an award-winning global financial centre with a strong sustainable finance agenda. In 2018 we worked closely with ADGM to establish ADGM Academy (ADGMA) in May of that year, which works to:

  • support the Emirati workforce in advancing its skills in the financial sector
  • become a leading provider of world class financial research, training and literacy in the MENA Region, and
  • build expertise, financial education and literacy to power commercial and public sector organisations across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

We continue to work in close partnership with ADGMA to create and deliver:

  • bespoke learning programmes
  • Certificate in Sustainable Finance, and
  • the banking and finance programme as part of the National Development Programme which is part of Abu Dhabi’s 2030 Vision.
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