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.
Sound Seekers (The Commonwealth Society for the Deaf) delivers practical solutions to support people with hearing loss realise their rights by enabling access to healthcare and education, in some of the poorest communities in the developing world.
Membership is drawn from former staff of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Foundation, Commonwealth of Learning and salaried staff from Commonwealth organisations and associations which are accredited.
The Commonwealth Education Trust is an Associated organisation of the Commonwealth. It invests in teachers: the most impactful resource in classrooms across the world. It is a Commonwealth charity committed to tackling the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure quality education for all.
Founded in 2013, The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN) was established to catalyse the meaningful change needed to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or sex characteristics. The network provides a sustainable platform for LGBTI activists and civil society organisations across the Commonwealth to share expertise, gather evidence, carry out joint advocacy and participate in Commonwealth policy processes.