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.
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, community leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.
RCEL provides financial assistance to Commonwealth veterans in need who served the Crown and who are resident outside the UK. In 2003 it became the Royal Commonwealth Ex- Services League by order of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) is a non-profit Commonwealth private members organisation, committed to supporting international understanding and friendship through social, music, arts and welfare activities.
Sightsavers is the UK's leading charity working in the developing world to prevent and cure blindness, as well as to promote and support the social inclusion of blind children and adults.