Month-long special effort to help young people in Africa Group photo at Commonwealth Senior Youth Officials Meeting

4 November 2019

African countries will spend this month giving special impetus to improving the lives of millions of young people. Beginning with Africa Youth Day on 1st November, the African Union member states, including the 19 Commonwealth countries, will focus on providing opportunities for young people in the areas of Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship and Engagement, known as the 4Es.

Women in politics unite to establish Inter-Party Gender Action Group(IGAG) in Malawi Participant speaking at workshop in Malawi

4 November 2019

The Commonwealth has partnered-up with the Malawi Centre for Multi-Party Democracy (CMD-M) for a workshop designed to advance women’s political party leadership, strategy, advocacy and engagement.

Commonwealth needs ‘transformational’ young people, says Secretary-General Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland speaking at the Commonwealth Youth Senior Officials Meeting in Ghana

1 November 2019

The Secretary-General has called for “transformational leadership” in youth development across Africa and the Commonwealth.

Less than one week remaining for 2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards entries The 2019 Commonwealth Youth Award winners

31 October 2019

Young people wishing to apply for the 2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards have less than one week left to submit their entries. The Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work are free to enter and recognise exceptional young people in the Commonwealth who are making a difference in their communities through development work.

Young Africans tell policy makers to 'invest in our future' Commonwealth Youth at the Commonwealth Youth Senior Officials Meeting in Ghana with new policy brief

31 October 2019

Governments in Africa should step up financial support to young people, according to a policy brief co-launched in Ghana by the Commonwealth and Africa Union Commission (AUC).

Law ministers to tackle barriers around access to justice in the Commonwealth High court judges during an open day for judiciary at Nairobi

30 October 2019

Law ministers and attorney generals from Commonwealth countries will meet in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to address challenges faced by millions of people seeking to resolve legal problems or disputes. These include barriers such as poverty, lack of legal aid, distrust of the justice system, and corruption.

Communities strengthen dispute resolution skills in Malawi Commonwealth panel on dispute resolution in Malawi

29 October 2019

Community actors in Malawi are set to benefit from a special training programme aimed at enhancing local skills in dialogue and dispute resolution.

Malawi women reflect on political advancement Women voting in Malawi elections

29 October 2019

Malawian women in politics have been taking stock of their success in the May elections and brainstorming how to gain an even greater say in the running of their country.

Secretary-General: fast-track action on ocean health ‘before it is too late’ Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland and Commonwealth Head of Oceans and Natural Resources, Nicholas Hardman-Mountford, at the Our Ocean Conference in Oslo, Norway

25 October 2019

The Commonwealth is working to establish a fund to help member countries take practical action on ocean sustainability. Ministers leading Commonwealth Blue Charter action groups met in Oslo with marine experts, investors and philanthropists to discuss the shape of the proposed fund. 

Commonwealth finance ministers urge progress on taxing digital commerce to tackle debt Chairperson of the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting, Harris Georgiades and Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland

18 October 2019

Commonwealth finance ministers have recognised the potential of technology to improve debt transparency while urging closer collaboration to resolve tax challenges arising from growing digital commerce.