Our work spans the Commonwealth of Nations, a voluntary association of 53 countries bound together by common values, including respect for diversity, human rights, democracy and good governance.

With a collective population of over two billion citizens, Commonwealth governments are committed to guard against poverty, ignorance and ill-health and reduce disparities of gender and wealth.

Eight governments came together in 1949 to form the modern Commonwealth. Australia, Canada, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and the United Kingdom declared themselves to be “united as free and equal members” co-operating together in the pursuit of peace, liberty and progress. More than six decades later, membership has grown to 53 countries, with the latest member, Rwanda, having joined in November 2009.

For further information on the Commonwealth’s values and principles see the 2009 Trinidad and Tobago Affirmation.

All 53 Commonwealth governments are eligible to become members of the Commonwealth Foundation. Total membership stands today at 45 countries. Associated states or overseas territories may apply for associate member status. Gibraltar is currently an associate member.

Reveal the countries we work in by clicking on the regions below.

Italics indicates countries which are not currently members of the Commonwealth Foundation.

  • Africa
    Botswana
    Cameroon
    Ghana
    Kenya
    Lesotho
    Malawi
    Mauritius
    Mozambique
    Namibia
    Nigeria
    Rwanda
    Seychelles
    Sierra Leone
    South Africa
    Swaziland
    Uganda
    United Republic of Tanzania
    Zambia
  • Americas
    Antigua and Barbuda
    The Bahamas
    Barbados
    Belize
    Canada
    Dominica
    Grenada
    Guyana
    Jamaica
    Saint Kitts and Nevis
    Saint Lucia
    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    Trinidad and Tobago
  • Asia
    Bangladesh
    Brunei Darussalam
    India
    Malaysia
    Pakistan
    Singapore
    Sri Lanka
  • Europe
    Cyprus
    Malta
    United Kingdom
  • Pacific
    Australia
    Fiji Islands
    Kiribati
    Nauru
    New Zealand
    Papua New Guinea
    Samoa
    Solomon Islands
    Tonga
    Tuvalu
    Vanuatu