Our approach to social development focuses on giving people a voice in their lives and communities. We empower people by helping create unified, strong, inclusive and accountable institutions.
We work to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all and to promote lifelong learning opportunities.
We advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in Commonwealth countries and work with National Women’s Machineries to support the social, political and economic empowerment of women and the advancement of women’s rights.
Partnering with member governments, private businesses and civil society organisations helps us support and strengthen health institutions in Commonwealth countries. We focus on issues of growing international concern, such as the threat of non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health and achieving universal health coverage.
We help unlock the potential of small states to withstand natural disasters and economic challenges through powerful partnerships and meaningful assistance. We develop, support and convene partnerships and initiatives to help people change consumption patterns so the environmental impact on small states is minimised.
We support and empower young people to realise and reach their full potential. Our Youth Programme has been supporting member countries for over 40 years: engaging and recognising young people, supporting governments and professionalising youth work.
Education ministers have approved plans to scale-up and mobilise resources in the Commonwealth.
Schoolchildren between 7 and 14 years of age from Cyprus, India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and the UK have been named as winners of the Commonwealth Class Writing Competition, an initiative of the Commonwealth Secretariat and British Council.
The Commonwealth Secretariat’s Youth Development Index ranks 183 countries according to the prospects of young people in employment, education, health, civic and political spheres.