Commonwealth Foundation
The Commonwealth Foundation is an intergovernmental organisation established by Heads of Government in support of the belief that the Commonwealth is as much an association of peoples as it is of governments.

It is the Commonwealth agency for civil society; a unique, stand-alone organisation established by, funded by, and reporting to governments.
The Foundation is dedicated to strengthening people’s participation in all aspects of public dialogue, to act together and learn from each other to build democratic societies.
Ultimately, the Foundation seeks to ensure that policy and government institutions are more effective contributors to development through the influence of civic voices


A Commonwealth of equal, just and inclusive societies.


We will contribute to the above vision by:

  • Supporting the active and constructive participation of Commonwealth citizens in all aspects of their governance.
  • Nurturing the growth of vibrant and free civil societies in all Commonwealth countries.
  • Advancing the principles and ideals of the Commonwealth.

Core values

Commitment to the Commonwealth and its Charter

We work to advance the principles and ideals of the Commonwealth.


We act with transparency, honesty and fairness. We own our decisions and behaviours.


We treat colleagues and partners with appreciation and dignity.


We set high standards, give our best and are consistently reliable. We deliver on commitments.


We encourage new thinking, listen to ideas and have an open mind. We are responsive to change.

Plurality of thought and expression

We actively encourage and provide space for the open and free exchange of opinions and ideas.


We cultivate and nurture honest, reliable and generous partnerships. We share challenges and successes.