The Commonwealth Foundation is a development organisation with an international remit and reach, uniquely situated at the interface between government and civil society.

We develop the capacity of civil society to act together and learn from each other to engage with the institutions that shape people’s lives. We strive for more effective, responsive and accountable governance with civil society participation, which contributes to improved development outcomes.


A world where every person is able to fully participate in and contribute to the sustainable development of a peaceful and equitable society.


To develop the capacity of Civil Society to act together and learn from each other to engage with the institutions that shape people’s lives.

Core Values

Recognising that the plurality of the Commonwealth lies at the heart of its strength, the Commonwealth Foundation will respect the diversity of the people of the Commonwealth in fulfilling its mission. It is committed to the equality of opportunity for all and to respect for difference.

Recognising that effective, responsive and accountable governance requires the inputs of all stakeholders, the Commonwealth Foundation will share the learning generated by the participation of Civil Society. It is committed to inspiring dialogue from the bottom up, promoting consultations, building consensus, facilitating convergence, forging partnerships and engaging diverse stakeholders in participatory governance.

Recognising that intergovernmental organisations are publicly funded and answerable to their member states, the Commonwealth Foundation will act in a thoroughly transparent manner in all its undertakings. It is committed to demonstrating accountability to both governments and Civil Society. It pursues its mission with commitment, discipline and rigour.

Recognising the scale and scope of the challenges facing Commonwealth people and their organisations, the Commonwealth Foundation acknowledges the requirement to be innovative in its responses. It is committed to acting as a catalyst that brings stakeholders together to generate creative and innovative solutions and promote thoughtful analysis and learning.