Where We Work
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.
United Republic of Tanzania
Antigua and Barbuda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Papua New Guinea