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

December 30, 2019

In New York City, 1.5 million packages are delivered daily to people’s doorsteps—three times as many as in the beginning of the decade.  George Washington Bridge, the main thoroughfare for delivery trucks, has become the most congested route in the country.  From Amste...

December 29, 2019

Insurers have warned that climate change could make coverage for ordinary people unaffordable after the world’s largest reinsurance firm blamed global warming for $24bn (£18bn) of losses in the Californian wildfires.

The knock-on effects from rising premiums could pose...

December 17, 2019

World Economic Forum has just launched the Africa Growth Platform, an initiative aimed at helping startup enterprises grow and compete internationally. With early-stage entrepreneurial activity 13% higher than the global average, Africa is well placed to get startups o...

December 17, 2019

As ride-hailing apps proliferate the globe, the year-old An Nisa Taxi in Kenya is one of the standouts in Africa.  Developed by 33-year-old Mehnaz Sarwar, "An Nisa" is run by women and serves female passengers and children exclusively.

Ms. Sarwar sought to overcome...

December 17, 2019

Africa is closely watched as the next big growth market – a description that has persisted for a while. There are many reasons for optimism: the African continent is home to some of the youngest populations in the world, it promises to be a major consumption market ove...

December 17, 2019

The visit of Twitter founder/chief executive Jack Dorsey to Nigeria, Ghana and Ethiopia last month seemed like a watershed moment when it comes to Big Tech CEO visits to African cities.

These visits took off in 2015 with a relatively low-profile visit by Microsoft boss...

October 31, 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...

October 31, 2019

The DFO report notes that an unusually warm patch of water in the Pacific Ocean — called the “blob” — that persisted from 2013 to 2017 also coincided with a strong El Nino event in 2015, leading to the warmest temperatures for the Northern Pacific Ocean on record.

The p...

October 31, 2019

Cement is responsible for 7% of global man-made greenhouse emissions, making it the world's second largest industrial source of carbon dioxide.  A Canadian startup has invented a new system for making concrete that actually traps CO2 emissions forever and at the same t...

October 16, 2019

The future of the Commonwealth depends on its one billion young people.

The Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) is organised as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). 

Taking place in Rwanda next June, the Youth Forum will bring together 1,000 youth lea...

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