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 Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM) is an international NGO based in Canada and dedicated to supporting museums and museum workers throughout the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.
CAPGAN promotes the knowledge of and training in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition throughout the Commonwealth, but especially among developing countries.
CAP seeks to focus and develop the skills of urban and regional planners across the Commonwealth to meet the challenges of urbanisation and the sustainable development of human settlements.
CAPAC is designed to support the work of Commonwealth Public Accounts Committees in promoting good governance, implementing the declaration on these committees contained in the communiqué of the November 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
CASTME works to advance the social relevance of the teaching of science, technology and mathematics through networking of educators in these subjects in the Commonwealth and promote this through delivering the relevant Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).