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Commonwealth launches young women’s mentorship programme Two female students sitting on grass

18 April 2019

A new scheme will empower young African women in Commonwealth countries by matching them with experienced professionals in their fields

Climbing the coconut value chain in the Pacific Woman processing coconuts

18 April 2019

In the Pacific, coconut is king. Known as the ‘tree of life’, locals make use of every part of the tree to survive – the fruit for eating, husks for fuelling fires, fronds for making multiuse baskets, and the trunk for building houses

Observer group returns from Belize after referendum halted Flag of Belize

17 April 2019

A Commonwealth Observer Group deployed to Belize to monitor a nationwide referendum has returned home after the vote was suspended.

Lawyers fund new classroom building in Zambia Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland

15 April 2019

Teachers and pupils at a school in Zambia have been celebrating the opening of a new classroom thanks to donations from law conference delegates.Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland officially opened the new facility at the Linda Community School in the small village of Livingstone, Zambia.

Countries agree on targets to support small and medium businesses Delegates from Vanuatu and Bangladesh

11 April 2019

Commonwealth countries wrapped up two days of deliberations today, with a plan to support micro, small and medium-sized businesses looking to gain a foothold in global markets and supply chains.

Deepening the anti-corruption effort in Grenada Dr Roger Koranteng and the Prime Minister of Grenada Keith Mitchell

10 April 2019

The Commonwealth, in collaboration with the Integrity Commission of Grenada, organised a leadership and management training programme from 25 March - 1 April in the capital, St. George’s. In addition, a one-day session on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), published by Transparency International, took place with the National Roundtable Anticorruption Mechanism.  Participants discussed the implications of the CPI for Grenada.

Connectivity group to help businesses tap into global trade Vanuatu Deputy Prime Minister Bob Loughman

10 April 2019

Commonwealth countries will gather in Vanuatu this week to explore how small and medium-size businesses can plug into global value chains, and benefit from intra-Commonwealth trade - estimated to reach nearly $2 trillion within 10 years. The activity is part of the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda (CCA), adopted by Heads of Government in April 2018 with a view to boosting trade and investment links across the Commonwealth.

Featured blog: The Power of Convening – Lessons from the Fifth Global Biennial Conference on Small States Three women sitting at a table at a Small States conference

A blog by Heather Cover-Kus, Technical Research Officer - Economic Policy and Small States, at the Commonwealth Secretariat

Commonwealth group: Maldives elections “peaceful and well-organised” Commonwealth group observing Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary election

9 April 2019

A Commonwealth group observing Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary election has concluded the voting and counting process on election day was “peaceful and well organised”.

Commonwealth observers commend peaceful conduct of Solomon Islands election Commonwealth Observer Group in the Solomon Islands

8 April 2019

The Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) in Honiara has commended the people of the Solomon Islands for “participating peacefully and in high numbers in their national general election”.