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We support people’s participation in democracy and development through three main programme areas: Participatory Governance and Gender, Commonwealth Writers, and Grants. Take a look at our projects and filter by governance areas, issues, project type, or location.

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Commonwealth Writers

Commonwealth Writers inspires, develops and connects writers and storytellers across the world. Well-told stories can help people make sense of events and issues as well as engage and inspire people to take action for social change.

Commonwealth Writers, the Foundation’s cultural initiative, will contribute to governance by helping storytellers to influence public discourse with well-told stories around issues that matter to society. Commonwealth Writers supports civic voices and creative practitioners in a range of media such as prose – short stories, creative fiction and non-fiction, poetry and film.

The Writers team work in two broad areas (1) craft development of stories in collaboration with editors, translators and filmmakers; (2) enabling writers and other storytellers to access spaces and platforms to amplify their stories and enlarge the space in which public discourse can be influenced by less heard voices.

Platforms will increasingly be virtual – such as, the Foundation’s online ‘gathering of stories’. Opportunities are also sought to create and open access to other platforms such as discussion spaces, conferences, literary and film festivals and the media. Commonwealth Writers also works in partnership with publishers to publish and disseminate the stories of less-heard voices in anthologies and literary magazines such as Granta.

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