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

January 6, 2020

The world’s most iconic fast food chicken chain this week (Jan. 6) announced the release of a new vegan chicken sandwich across the some 900 locations it operates in the United Kingdom. 

 If it performs well, KFC may begin testing a sandwich in other markets, including...

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 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 28, 2019

When you want to push back against hate online, you should assume that the person didn’t mean to be hurtful. Don’t criticize or blame them.

Even if you think that they are trying to be hurtful, it doesn’t help to get angry at them.

Talk about the message instead: why it’...

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

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...

December 1, 2019

Applications for Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth #Scholarships are now open! #QECS give talented students from the #Commonwealth the opportunity to gain a Master's Degree, while developing new skills, experiencing life in another country and building their global networks...

December 1, 2019

Attendance at services in England's cathedrals has risen 14% over the last ten years, according to new figures from

@churchofengland. The Guardian gives a run down of their top ten cathedrals - we're number four!

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/shortcuts/2019/no...

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