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

November 2, 2019

The fourth industrial revolution has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide unprecedented levels of insight and data to mitigate climate change. But without proper consideration mass automation could be bad news, increasing consumpti...

August 30, 2019


A conversation with an MIT professor about having an impact on climate change.  "Removing mini-shampoos from hotel rooms won’t save the environment".  Read more ... 

August 30, 2019

Ghana may be the world’s fastest-growing economy this year, but its biggest city, Accra, is struggling to get on top of its garbage problem. 

Ghana’s cities have a sanitation problem, poor sanitation costs the country $290 million annually and a good proportion of the w...

August 30, 2019

In 2017 Tanzania’s anti-plastic initiative to “protect the youth and environment,” banned the manufacture of plastic bags and in-country distribution. 

As of June visitors to the country will have to leave their plastic bags at the port of entry.  Tanzania aim...

May 12, 2019

The mobile gender gap not only reflects existing inequalities but could also compound them with millions of women “left behind as societies and economies digitize.”  A new study shows that an uptick in mobile phone ownership and mobile internet use among women in low a...

May 12, 2019

Talk therapy has its limits—but there’s little question that for many people, including those with conditions like depression and anxiety, it can help.  As the number of people who suffer from mental illness has risen starkly, virtual therapy might be a way to bring th...

May 12, 2019

More than 95% of US households own a smartphone. If that makes you shrug, this will not: daily mobile media usage among kids under eight is nearly 10 times higher than it was in 2011. Read more

May 12, 2019

This narrative explores a story of transition focused on increased productivity (dehumanization of production) as we move from industrialized labour to industrialized intelligence.  Read more

March 4, 2019

As the number of people who suffer from mental illness has risen starkly, virtual therapy might be a way to bring the benefits of talk therapy to those who find the face-to-face version cost-prohibitive or simply inconvenient.  Read more

March 4, 2019

“These devices are shaping everything. This has profound implications for families everywhere, from how we relate to each other and communicate with each other, to our kids’ social-emotional and cognitive development, our inability to pay attention to each other and ou...

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