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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

The Commonwealth What’s the point of it?

“THERE’S been an existential question mark over the Commonwealth for some time,” says a seasoned diplomat in its secretariat in London....

Does Commonwealth Day matter?

Sandwiched between International Women’s Day (8 March) and St Patrick’s Day (17 March) is Commonwealth Day. Celebrated in 2016 on Monday...

Commonwealth Oral Histories

The aim of this AHRC funded project is to produce a unique digital research resource on the oral history of the Commonwealth since 1965....

Commonwealth Library and archives

The library and archives hold collections relating to the administrative and programme work of the Commonwealth and its 53 member...

33Sixty Town Hall

Streamed live on Jul 8, 2016 A conversation with the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland QC, hosted by the...

The Commonwealth in Action

A feature series capturing the voices of Commonwealth experts on the ground and people impacted by our work. Supporting Burundi to boost...

ACU Conference of University Leaders 2016

Defining the responsible university: society, impact and growth Accra International Conference Centre, Ghana, 27-29 July 2016 Higher...