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The Commonwealth - Fast Facts

The Commonwealth is made up of 54 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.
 
  • The combined GDP is projected to surpass US$13 trillion in 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

Has dopamine got us hooked on tech?

Facebook's founding president, recently admitted that the social network was founded not to unite us, but to distract us. “The thought...

Report cyberbullying

If you see someone spreading stuff like that on a social network or video sharing site, report it. (See https://cyberbullying.org/report...

Populism and the Decline of Social Democracy

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

One-day deliveries are breaking our cities

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. ...

Polarization versus Democracy

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

TIP 1 - Pushing back against hate online

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...

Queen Elizabeth's Christmas Message

In 2019, HRH's call for unity, continued to share the message that urges Commonwealth & global citizens to take small steps in "the true...

Big Tech goes to Africa

The visit of Twitter founder/chief executive Jack Dorsey to Nigeria, Ghana and Ethiopia last month seemed like a watershed moment when it...