The Commonwealth - Fast Facts

The Commonwealth is made up of 53 independent countries that work together to pursue common goals which promote development, democracy, and peace. Our combined population of 2.4 billion is almost a third of the global population.
  • Trade between Commonwealth countries is projected to surpass $1 trillion by 2020.
  • Half of the top 20 global emerging cities are in the Commonwealth.
  • Seven of the top 10 countries in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which measures rule of law, human rights, participation, human development and sustainable economic opportunity, are Commonwealth members.
  • Seven of the top 10 countries for gender equality in Sub-Saharan Africa are Commonwealth countries, according to World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2015.
  • Five of the best performing 15 countries in the Youth Development Index are Commonwealth members.
  • Since 1991, 12 Commonwealth member countries have moved to multi-party democracy from military or one-party rule.
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COMMONWEALTH - Insights, Inspiration, & Innovation

July 16, 2019

Ifrah's desire to defy stereotypes led her to pursue a career in the Pakistan Air Force and become the first female paratrooper for the GDP branch
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June 8, 2019

Today we celebrate The Queen's official birthday. To mark the occasion, over 1,400 parading soldiers, horses and musicians come together in a remarkable display of pageantry. Join us in wishing Her Majesty, Patron of QCT, a very special day! #TroopingTheColour @RoyalFa...

April 20, 2019

In 2018, The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust were proud to launch a partnership in the #UK and #Canada with @WEMovement, supporting projects developed by young people to enable them to deliver greater impact in their local communities.

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April 12, 2019

Taha Khan founded @ChildAwarePro after initially launching ‘Search for Thamana’ to find a missing 5-year-old. After locating Thamana 8 days later, Taha felt #empowered to create a platform to trace and find other missing children.

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April 12, 2019

Four young leaders came together by chance and discovered a unique, innovative way to protect the environment through sustainable agriculture . Read more from M-Shamba co-founder Felix Collins as he talks about developing a #SocEnt start-up

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March 16, 2019

We exist to champion, fund and connect leaders across the Commonwealth, so this year’s Connected Commonwealth theme ties in perfectly with our values.

What does #ConnectedCommonwealth mean to you? Let us know in the comments! #TeamQCT

March 16, 2019

It's the #CommonwealthYouthAwards today, and we're wishing the best of luck to all the finalists !

The #CYA celebrates the achievement of young people whose projects serve the people and communities in their country, and drive the progress towards the Global #SDGs.


March 8, 2019

"The Act for Change Fund provides resources for young people to challenge social injustice, find ways of overcoming inequality and give voice to issues they are experiencing."

You can find out more and apply for it here:

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March 2, 2019

Excited to share the news that The Duke of Sussex will attend @WEMovement WE Day UK in London next week in his capacity as President of The Queen's Commonwealth Trust He will speak to over 12,000 students & teachers who're leading positive change in their communities!...

February 26, 2019

Incredible work from @KidsVplastic - this is amazing!

65,890 pieces of single-use plastic picked up to-date.

It's been abt 3 years getting to this far but still we aim for 100,000.

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