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The LeishTon BoardGovTM databasecontainscorporate/board governance data, as well as accounting performance and ‘market performance’ data (collectively called ‘GovData’) of companies in Anglophone countries in West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa, including listed companies in Nigeria (NGX listed companies), all banks in Nigeria, all insurance companies in Nigeria, all companies listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE), all companies listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) in Kenya, Uganda Securities Exchange (USE), Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) in Tanzania and Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE).

The Leishton BoardGovTM database also contains biographical and relationship capital information on most board members the companies contained in the database. The foundation of an effective Relationship Capital Management is quality data. When quality data is delivered in an easily accessible form, then, researchers can concentrate their efforts in other areas of the research process. The intention is to extend the data collection in the nearest future to more African countries.

LeishTonGovData includes, but not limited to, board size, board diversity, duality, number of board meetings, board structure, committees’ structure, external auditor, profit before tax (PBT), profit after tax (PAT), profit before interest, depreciation and amortisation (EBIDA), shareholders’ fund (SHF), total assets, total revenue (total earnings), earning per share (EPS), dividend per share (DPS), etc. The LeishTon BoardGovTM database contains historical and current profile of directors of all companies contained in the database from 2010. The data are updated on a daily basis. The intention is to extend the data collection in the nearest future to all senior management employees of the companies contained in the database, rather than just board members, and to also extend the data collection to other non-listed companies on a sector/industry by sector/industry basis.

LeishTon BoardGovTM defines “high quality’ regarding its database along four lines: Accuracy, Reliability, Completeness and Timeliness. Accuracy in this context means that data has been transcribed into the LeishTon BoardGovTM database correctly. Reliability in this context means that all transcribed data can be independently verified and the correctness of data can be consistently validated. Completeness in this context means that the profile of any director or a member of senior management transcribed into the LeishTon BoardGovTM database is as complete as disclosure allows. Timeliness in this context means that any change to a director’s or a member of senior management’s profile is updated as soon as it is discovered.