The Commonwealth is often described as a 'family' of nations and peoples.
At the heart of this family are 3 intergovernmental organisations:
The Commonwealth is supported by a network of more than 80 accredited organisations working in specialist areas from education to urban planning.
This directory lists all the Commonwealth's accredited and associated organisations. Find out more about becoming an accredited organisation.
The African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) is independent, non-profit regional human rights NGO based in Banjul, The Gambia.
An association of academics, practitioners and writers, ACLALS assists and promotes the study and research of Commonwealth literature and languages.
The Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers (ACARM) was founded in 1984 to provide a link for archival institutions, archivists and records managers across the Commonwealth.
The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is the world’s first and oldest international university network, established in 1913.
The Association of Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue is an international network of leaders in Business, Labour, Government, and Civil Society who are passionate about developing the capability of future leaders in communities and countries across the Commonwealth.