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59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference: Keynote address Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma. Image courtesy of the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

2 September 2013

Theme: ‘Effective Solutions to Commonwealth Developmental Challenges’

Maldives Presidential Elections 2013: Arrival Statement Maldives flag

2 September 2013

Commonwealth Observer Group

A little goes a long way Kaisha Ince, Senior Commercial Counsel, Attorney-General’s Office, Grenada

31 August 2013

Commonwealth-financed barrister works to ensure investments in Grenada will benefit the people

Raising the Quality of Education: Developing Professional Standards for Teachers and School Leaders Image of teacher and students

Although there has been progress in recent years in expanding education and training opportunities in the Commonwealth member states, quality education remains a common concern. The 16th, 17th and 18th Commonwealth Conferences of Education Ministers emphasised the need to provide quality training and development for teachers to meet education needs at all levels. Ensuring that the teaching profession operates at the highest possible standards lies a the heart of quality education.

‘Mwangabora’ or ‘Good Light’ shines a path towards education

31 August 2013

Commonwealth Youth Award winner Evans Wadongo talks about how his award will help Kenya’s schoolchildren

Building the capacity of Ugandan organic exporters to access the UK market Image of Ugandan woman with organic products for export

The agriculture of Uganda is almost entirely organic, and the climate is conducive to growing a range of successful crops. The year-round equable, level warm-to-high temperatures and two rainy seasons make for ideal growing conditions for a wide range of crops. The organic market in the UK of $US 2.25 billion is large and ready to take more produce from Uganda. However, linkages between the production potential of the country with the organic market is not fully developed.

Strengthening debt management in Jamaica Jamaican flag

Prudent debt management practice in many Commonwealth countries remains a challenge. The reasons for this are multiple, and include: lack of adequate management information systems, lack of clear governance and institutional structures, and lack of capacity among staff.

Women’s land rights in Cameroon Image of women in Sierra Leone

The Commonwealth has produced handbooks on women's land rights in Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. "The handbook has proved to be empowering and a trump card for women, elucidating for men, instructive for the traditional rulers, and thought-provoking for policy makers” – Judge Vera Ngassa, Cameroon.

Law Ministers and Attorneys-General of Small Commonwealth Jurisdictions meeting 2013

12 September 2013 to 13 September 2013

The Meeting of Law Ministers and Attorneys-General of Small Commonwealth Jurisdictions (LMSCJ) will take place from 12-13 September 2013 at Marlborough House, London.

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