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 Association of International Accountants (AIA) is a global body for professional accountants.
BUILD is a network of national and international organisations united around a common purpose: namely to realise the potential of people to bring peace, prosperity and justice through twinning partnerships between communities across the globe.
The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) is a professional body dedicated to building trust in the insurance and financial planning profession.
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an international alliance of members and partners which constitutes an influential network of organisations at the local, national, regional and international levels, and spans the spectrum of civil society.
The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) is an intergovernmental organisation established in 1994 with a membership of 26 member countries, with its Secretariat in Islamabad, Pakistan.