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Annual Report 2019/20

Introduction from the Director-General

It is with great pleasure that I introduce the 2019-2020 Annual Report of the Commonwealth Foundation. After almost 12 months at the helm as Director-General, I am proud to present this record of a well-spent if challenging year.

The report confirms that, despite significant operational limitations since February, much of the Foundation’s planned work for this year has been completed to the highest standards. Our Grants programme, for example, has continued uninterrupted, as has the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, which this year received a record number and breadth of entries. As documented in this report, our work to advance participatory governance throughout the Commonwealth has led to real and lasting change, including within Commonwealth Ministerial processes. And our work on inclusion of lesser-heard voices in complex areas such as peace processes and climate justice has helped drive shifts in attitudes and approaches. We have forged new and stronger partnerships, most critically with our Commonwealth partners and colleagues. And we have continued to work on strengthening our own internal procedures: prioritising transparency and accountability in all aspects of our work.

Read the complete introduction inside the report. 

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