Participatory Governance and Gender (PGG) is at the heart of the Foundation’s focus on capacity development for constructive engagement.

The Foundation has a long-term capacity development perspective and seeks to work with civic voices to enhance their capacity to advocate and engage constructively with governments and policy makers in governance. It also seeks to work with partners to mainstream gender and its intersectionality in its projects.

The Foundation recognises that capacity development is a complex process, involving competencies and collective capabilities to influence governance and policy processes as well as advance gender narratives. The programme takes into consideration the wider cultural, social and political contexts that affect governance and accountability outcomes differently.

The PGG team accompanies project partners to jointly plan, reflect, learn and adapt project approaches to improve governance and gender equity outcomes. Gender and power analysis are key principles of the capacity development approach, which seeks to strengthen inclusion and gender analysis in partner projects.

Using its intergovernmental status, the Foundation will also broker and facilitate opportunities, where needed and appropriate, that will enable civic voice collectives to engage with government in policy processes and to promote participation and accountability.

To find out more about the Foundation’s capacity development for constructive engagement approach, see its: Capacity Development Framework and Civil Society Engagement Strategy.

  • Citizen-generated data for a change

    ‘Citizen-generated and evidence-based data’ are terms we hear more and more about in the discourse around monitoring and accountability of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I joined Mansuriah alongside other colleagues from the Foundation and EASSI on the learning visit to Gender Links earlier this month and thought the Gender Barometer they have developed was […]

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  • Improving the advocacy landscape for gender equality in East Africa

    I had always heard about Gender Links but had never had close interaction with the organization or staff. My organisation, The Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) and Gender Links have shared details on our work and collaborated from a distance on matters of gender equality and equity. However, I […]

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  • Commonwealth People’s Forum

    The Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF) brings together civil society representatives from around the world to discuss and debate key issues facing Commonwealth people. Held every two years in the run up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the CPF is the single largest opportunity for civil society to engage with Commonwealth leaders on global development issues. The […]

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  • Commonwealth Civil Society Forum

    With Commonwealth Foundation support, the Civil Society Forum will be jointly hosted by the Commonwealth Health Professionals Alliance, International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICWEA) and Third World Network. It will take place in May prior to the World Health Assembly and in conjunction with the Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting (CHMM).

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  • Southern African Alliance for Youth Employment

    Issue The Southern African region (SADC) has a large youth population and low levels of decent employment for its youth, resulting in high levels of youth unemployment and underemployment. The lack of formal employment, irregularity of work and social protection means that youth in the SADC region face poverty and inequality. Researchers have described the […]

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  • Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action Monitoring Group

    The Commonwealth Foundation facilitates civil society participation and contribution to the Commonwealth’s Plan of Action for Gender Equality (PoA) 2005-2015. The PoA was negotiated in 2004 by Commonwealth Ministers responsible for women’s affairs and endorsed by Commonwealth Heads of Government in 2005, receiving input from over 200 civil society organisations.  The PoA provides the framework […]

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  • 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers: Civil Society Forum

    The 19CCEM Civil Society Forum discussed practical measures to transform education delivery across the Commonwealth.

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  • Institutional strengthening of the East African Civil Society Forum

    EACSOF is a platform for civil society organisations in East Africa. EACSOF was established in 2006 to be the channel through which civil society can make representation to the regional governance institution, the East African Community (EAC). Its vision is to see an East Africa in which citizens are fully engaged and involved in all […]

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  • Small Island Developing States

    There are 31 Small States in the Commonwealth, 25 of which are Small Island Developing States (SIDS). This constituency is of particular importance to the Foundation. SIDS issues are in focus on the global agenda, with the UN declaring 2014 the International Year of SIDS, and the Third International Conference on SIDS was held in […]

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  • Caribbean Consultative Working Group

    The Foundation is supporting civil society in the Caribbean to form a consultative working group

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