Partner Organisations

Commonwealth Youth

The Commonwealth Youth Programme delivers the Commonwealth Secretariat’s youth development work. The Commonwealth Secretariat sees young people aged 15-29 years-old as assets to a country’s development who should be empowered to realise their potential.

The Global Youth Development Index and Report, developed by members of the Commonwealth Secretariat youth division, was released in October 2016. It measures the status of young people in 183 countries around the world.

Click here to find out more about the youth awards, youth networks and other work the youth are engaged in.

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC)

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) promotes, facilitates and where appropriate coordinates the work of its member Medical Royal Colleges and their Faculties (as defined in their respective charters). It has a leading role in the areas of clinical quality, education and training and doctors’ re-validation.

The Academy comprises the 20 medical Royal Colleges and Faculties across the UK and Ireland whose presidents meet regularly to agree direction in common healthcare matters. It provides a collective, clear and sure voice for the benefit of patients and healthcare professionals across the four nations of the UK.

Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

A UK-registered charity, the ACU has over 500 member institutions in developed and developing countries across the Commonwealth. Drawing on the collective experience and expertise of our membership, the ACU seeks to address issues in international higher education through a range of projects, networks, and events.   The ACU administers scholarships, provides academic research and leadership on issues in the sector, and promotes inter-university cooperation and the sharing of good practice – helping universities serve their communities, now and into the future.

BUILD (Building Understanding through International Links for Development)

BUILD is a network of national and international organisations united around a common purpose: namely to realise the potential of people to bring peace, prosperity and justice through twinning partnerships between communities across the globe.

Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is the new single regional public health agency for the Caribbean. It combines the functions of five Caribbean Regional Health Institutes (RHIs) into a single agency. They are the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute, Caribbean Epidemiology Center, Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute, Caribbean Health Research Council and the Caribbean Regional Drug Testing Laboratory.

Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs

Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute based in London. It’s mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.

Founded in 1920, Chatham House engages governments, the private sector, civil society and its members in open debate and confidential discussion on the most significant developments in international affairs. Each year, the institute runs more than 300 private and public events – conferences, workshops and roundtables – in London and internationally with partners.

Commonwealth Association for Health and Disability

The Commonwealth Association for Health and Disability (COMHAD) is a Pan Commonwealth NGO supported by the Commonwealth Foundation London and is in official relations with WHO. COMHAD is a long standing partner of WHO in a number of technical areas, in particular mental health, disability prevention, maternal and child health and reproductive health. It is actively involved in promoting health development, exchange of technical expertise and inter-country training and education in health in 53 Commonwealth countries all over the world.

Commonwealth Association of Paediatrics, Gastroenterology and Nutrition (CAPGAN)

The Commonwealth Association of Paediatrics, Gastroenterology  and Nutrition (CAPGAN) is the Commonwealth professional and scientific association of paediatricians which aims to promote the knowledge of, and training in, paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition throughout the Commonwealth, especially amongst developing countries.

Commonwealth Dental Association (CDA)

The Commonwealth Dental Association (CDA) is an association of dental associations, which aims to improve detnal and oral health in Commonwealth countries by raising the skills of dental professionals and increasing the awareness of oral health.

Commonwealth Foundation

The Commonwealth Foundation is a development organisation with an international remit and reach, uniquely situated at the interface between government and civil society.  It develops the capacity of civil society to act together and learn from each other to engage with the institutions that shape people’s lives.  It strives for more effective, responsive and accountable governance with civil society participation with a view to improve development outcomes.

Commonwealth Education Hub

The Commonwealth Education Hub supports the community of education professionals and policy-makers who are dedicated to improving the situation of primary, secondary and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Commonwealth countries.

Commonwealth HIV & AIDS Action Group (CHAAG)

The Commonwealth HIV and AIDS Action Group (CHAAG) was established to promote and monitor the implementation of paragraph 55 in the communique issued after the meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government in South Africa in 1999. It is a unique multidisciplinary group of Commonwealth Associations and civil society organisations that have an interest in promoting the Commonwealth response to HIV and AIDS. The Commonwealth comprises approximately 30% of the world’s population but a staggering 60% of the world’s HIV and AIDS population. The group exercises every opportunity to inform and influence Commonwealth Heads of Governments and Ministers to focus more resources and attention on the HIV/AIDS pandemic and promoting the role of the Commonwealth in reversing the HIV epidemic.

Commonwealth Human Ecology Council (CHEC)

The Commonwealth Human Ecology Council (CHEC) is a UK-registered international development charity committed to pursuing sustainable solutions for the preservation and use of the planet’s natural resources. Through its focus on human ecology – the web of relationships between ecosystems and human societies – CHEC works to create lasting improvements for local communities across the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Institute for Infrastructure Development

CIID was formed in 2012 by a team with expertise in the main dimensions of infrastructure development and with experience of projects in the Commonwealth who identified a gap in implementation capability in infrastructure projects and the need for a joined-up approach to planning, implementation and support in infrastructure development.

The founders of CIID have created a core team of infrastructure experts, and have expanded their resources and capability through partnerships and other agreements with other organisations, universities and business schools and experienced professionals.

Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA)

The Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA) is a non-governmental organisation and its main objective is to assist and strengthen the capacities of national medical associations (NMAs) or countries within the Commonwealth to improve the health, well-being and human rights of their countries and communities.

Commonwealth Medical Trust - NGOs Beyond 2014

The Commonwealth Medical Trust (COMMAT) – NGOs Beyond 2014 is a resource for stakeholders in the development agenda. Particularly focused for those interested in sexual and reproductive health and rights, including maternal health, and young people and gender issues, NGOs Beyond 2014 is sponsored by donors such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the International Planned Parenthood (IPPF).

Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation (CNMF)

The Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation (CNMF) is a federation of national nursing and midwifery associations in Commonwealth countries. The CNMF’s objectives include influencing health policy throughout the Commonwealth, developing nursing networks, enhancing nursing education, improving nursing standards and competence and strengthening nursing leadership.

Commonwealth of Learning (COL)

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies.

Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA)

The Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA) is an organisation of Commonwealth professional pharmaceutical bodies and individual members, dedicated to promoting and disseminating the pharmaceutical sciences throughout the Commonwealth and to improving the quality and range of services offered by pharmacists.

The CPAs aim is to establish and maintain the highest possible professional standards of pharmacy throughout the Commonwealth through distance learning, workshops, travelling fellowships, and the provision of resources (eg British National Formularies).

Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC)

The Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) is the largest and most diverse youth-led organisation in the world. It is the recognized voice of more than 1.2 billion young people in the Commonwealth. It was established by the Heads of Governments in the Commonwealth inline with the Commonwealth Charter. It is an exciting inclusive initiative that seeks to communicate, engage and advocate for youth led participation. The CYC is an independent entity responsible for youth representation in the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council (CYEC)

The Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council (CYEC) is a registered education charity and youth development organisation, a subsidiary charity of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

CYEC undertakes pan Commonwealth projects supporting young adults as active citizens and Commonwealth stakeholders, including the Commonwealth Youth Forum, operates Young Commonwealth youth leadership events and programmes and manages the Commonwealth Teacher Exchange Programme (CTEP).

Global Health Council

The Global Health Council (GHC) is a leading membership organisation supporting and connecting advocates, implementers and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide. The organisation is the collaborative voice of the global health community on global health issues; it convenes stakeholders around key global health priorities and actively engages key decision makers to influence health policy.

The mission of the GHC is to improve health globally through increased investment, robust policies and the power of the collective voice.

Global Health Exchange

The Global Health Exchange (GHE) has been established to explore how best to support the English NHS by workforce and education transformation through global learning.

The GHE is developing thinking on:

  • Globally orienting current education systems to enable a more comprehensively trained workforce
  • Retaining clinicians by making jobs more attractive by building plans for volunteering, especially internationally
  • Supporting new education providers and systems that are agile, responsive and affordable
  • Undertaking ‘ethical’ international recruitment and not taking away trained clinicians from low and middle income countries without giving something back.

Harvard Ministerial Leadership in Health Program

The Ministerial Leadership in Health (MLIH) Program provides the time and expertise for ministers to explore opportunities for an enduring impact on health sector strengthening and improving national well-being. The Program combines ministerial level support with a customized process tailored to the specific needs and priorities of participating countries.

Healthy Caribbean Coalition

The Healthy Caribbean Coalition is a civil society alliance established to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their associated risk factors and conditions.

The coalition aims to harness the power of civil society, in collaboration with government, private enterprise, academia, and international partners, as appropriate, in the development and implementation of plans for the prevention and management of chronic diseases among Caribbean people.

The HCC has four strategic objectives:

  1. Contribute and participate in all aspects of advocacy as a tool for influencing positive change around NCDs through mobilisation of Caribbean people and the creation of a mass movement aimed at responding to the NCDs;
  2. Develop effective methods of communication for and among members of the Coalition and the people of the Region;
  3. Build capacity among health NGOs and civil society in the Region; and
  4. Promote eHealth and mHealth to contribute to NCD public education campaigns and programmes.

The Healthy Caribbean Collation has been funded by the Commonwealth Secretariat to develop a Framework for the establishment and strengthening of national NCD commissions

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world’s most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them. IHME makes this information freely available so that policymakers have the evidence they need to make informed decisions about how to allocate resources to best improve population health.

Jubilee Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is a charitable foundation established in 2012 to mark and celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s sixty-year contribution to the Commonwealth.

Its mission is to enrich the lives of people from all backgrounds within the Commonwealth by working with partners towards eliminating avoidable blindness and empowering a new generation of young leaders.

The Presidents Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society

The Presidents Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society was founded on 25th June 2014 by the President of Malta. The Foundation, aims to create a safe space for dialogue on social wellbeing, bridging popular wisdom with academic research. Through this process, the Foundation works towards enhancing human relationships, and sharing and understanding what fosters wellbeing, as well as what hinders it.

Public Health England (PHE)

Public Health England (PHE) acts to protect and improve the nation’s health and well being, and reduce health inequalities.

Public Health Wales

Public Health Wales.

Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS)

The Royal Commonwealth Society, founded in 1868, is a network of individuals and organisations committed to improving the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens across the world. Through youth empowerment, education and advocacy, the Royal Commonwealth Society promotes the value and the values of the Commonwealth. We champion human rights, democracy and sustainable development across the 53 member states which are intrinsically linked through their common history and shared values.

Sight Savers International

Sight Savers is an international organisation that changes lives for the long term. Working in more than 30 countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and supporting people with visual impairments to live independently.

Sound Seekers

Sound Seekers is a unique UK registered charity dedicated to helping people with hearing loss, especially children, in the poorest communities of the developing world. They currently develop and support projects in Cameroon, The Gambia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia, working to help children stay in school and adults to find and keep jobs. They work in partnership with local organisations and institutions to ensure they deliver sustainable and cost-=effective projects that advance understanding of deaf people’s needs and improve their access to health services, education and social support, together with initiatives that enable people to avoid, or overcome, the effects of deafness.

United Kingdom Public Health Association

The mission of the United Kingdom Public Health Association (UKPHA) is that through its members, activities and cooperation with others, it aims to be a unifying and powerful voice for the public’s health and well being in the UK, focusing on the need to eliminate inequalities in healht, promote sustainable development and combat anti-health forces.

United Nations (UN)

The United Nations (UN) is currently made up of 193 Member States. The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purpose and principles contained in its founding Charter.

Due to the powers vested in its Charter and its unique international character, the UN can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production and more.

Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC)

The Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) is a network of small countries committed to the collaborative development of free content resources for use in an educational context.  The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) co-ordinates the development of the Virtual University of Small States of the Commonwealth on behalf of Commonwealth Ministers of Education.

World Health Organisation (WHO)

The primary role of the World Health Organisation (WHO) is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations’ system.

The main areas of work include health systems, promoting health through the life-course, non-communicable diseases, communicable diseases, corporate services, preparedness, surveillance and response.

World Vision International

World Vision is the world’s largest international children’s charity, working to bring real hope to millions of children in the world’s hardest places. Local staff work in thousands of communities across the world to free children from fear. They live and work alongside them, their families and communities to help change the world they live in for good.

Commonwealth Health Professionals Alliance

The Commonwealth Health Professionals Alliance (CHPA) is an alliance of Commonwealth health professional associations. Members of the CHPA consider that by working together they can more efficiently and effectively represent and support health professionals in Commonwealth countries and promote high standards of care and equity in access to care for Commonwealth peoples.