The Commonwealth organizations are involved in several activities such as supporting the small business sector and enhancing the export potential of a country. The organization helps member countries take advantage of opportunities for economic growth and improve their ability to manage long-term development. It also provides cost-effective assistance and policy analysis and advice, especially to small states. The uniqueness of the Commonwealth is the fact that the policies are shaped by member countries that all have an equal say on decisions that affect them.
Commonwealth Members and organisations are involved in diverse activities, from helping countries with trade negotiations to encouraging women’s leadership, building the small business sector, supporting youth participation at all levels of society and providing experts to write laws.
The Commonwealth Secretariat promotes democracy, rule of law, human rights, good governance and social and economic development. We are a voice for small states and a champion for youth empowerment.
The Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation (CFTC) was setup in 1971 and is the principal means for the Commonwealth Secretariat to provide technical assistance to Commonwealth countries. Their approach emphasises country ownership by delivering technical assistance on a demand-driven basis.
Funding opportunities are Geared towards Achieving the Three Goals of the Commonwealth Secretariat as follows:
- Strong democracy, rule of law, promotion and protection of human rights and respect for diversity;
- Inclusive growth and sustainable development; and
- A well-connected and networked Commonwealth.
The Six Strategic Outcomes of the Commonwealth Secretariat that are reflected in the types of projects funded are:
- Democracy – greater adherence to Commonwealth political values and principles;
- Public institutions – more effective, efficient and equitable public governance;
- Social Development – enhanced positive impact of social development;
- Youth – youth more integrated and valued in political and development processes;
- Development: Pan-Commonwealth – more effective frameworks for inclusive economic growth and social and sustainable development; and
- Development: small states and vulnerable states – strengthened