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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December 31, 2019

Democracy may be receding somewhat in practice, but it is still globally ascendant in peoples’ values and aspirations.

Despite the Europe-wide nature of this trend, most explanations of the left’s problems focus on idiosyncratic region-specific factors. For example, man...

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

Democratic breakdowns almost always come in one of two, very different forms: executive takeovers and military coups.

The rise in executive takeovers presents several challenges for our understanding of democratic stability. The first stems from the fact that, unlike mi...

December 25, 2019

In 2019, HRH's call for unity, continued to share the message that urges Commonwealth & global citizens to take small steps in "the true spirit of reconciliation" - "By being willing to put past differences behind us and move forward together, we honour the freedom and...

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

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 1, 2019

The use of social media to distribute disinformation has opened up vast social divisions and brought democracy to its knees.  What has happened in Taiwan since the Sunflower Student Movement is an attempt at reinventing democracy itself.  

Using the internet 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...

October 4, 2019

Rwanda will host the next CHOGM starting June 22.  The theme is  ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’. Five sub-themes have been identified for discussion: Governance and Rule of Law, ICT and Innovation, Youth, Environment, and Trade....

October 1, 2019

This article discusses how neoliberalism policies have hamstrung our ability to put a check on corporate power and plan our collective welfare.  Read more ...

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