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Directory of Commonwealth Organisations

The Commonwealth is often described as a `family' of nations and peoples. The sense of family is most apparent in the wide network of societies, institutions, associations, organisations, funds and charities that support the Commonwealth. This network links people of different nations, cultures, races and economic levels, for example, enabling professionals from engineers to nurses from different societies to explore and learn from their different yet related experiences. The directory lists intergovernmental and non-governmental associations of different types. The intergovernmental organisations are those set up by Commonwealth governments to organise co-operation (e.g. Commonwealth of Learning). Non-governmental or civil society organisations listed here are those that serve the Commonwealth by facilitating co-operation in some professional, cultural or welfare area, foster Commonwealth friendship, or in other ways advance the aims of the Harare Commonwealth Declaration. Wider international bodies ­ even those that are very important to Commonwealth countries ­ are not included in this list, with the exception of those that had their roots in the Commonwealth and have since spread more widely, but still have a largely Commonwealth constituency (e.g. Sightsavers). This directory is intended to be a comprehensive listing of Commonwealth organisations and each year, as new organisations come to our attention, they are included. Please write to the editor if you know of an organisation that should be included, but is not.

Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers (ACARM)

c/o International Records Management Trust, 4th Floor, 7 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8AD, UK Tel: +44 20 7831 4101 Email: [email protected] ACARM seeks to promote professional development and the sharing of solutions to the problems of managing records and archives (in paper and electronic formats) throughout the Commonwealth. Foundation: 1984 Officers: Chair: Charles Farrugia (Malta); Honorary Secretary: Teresa Bastow (UK) ([email protected])

education ministries); individual; associate (mostly companies that work with examination boards such as security printers); and honorary. Its main objectives are to: provide a forum for exchange of information and views on examinations and accreditation; promote ethical standards in examination and assessment systems; facilitate the training and professional development of personnel working in examination and accreditation systems; promote the highest possible standards in examination processes and accreditation in Commonwealth countries; encourage the development of Commonwealth standards for certification which are universally recognised; and facilitate research in assessment and examination procedures. It holds conferences approximately every two years, the last being in South Africa, in March 2008. Foundation: 1998 Officers: President: Paulette Dunn-Smith (Jamaica); Vice-President: Dr Peliwe Lolwana (South Africa); Honorary Secretary: Dr Yolande Wright (Barbados); Assistant Secretary: Dr Uhila Moe-Langi Fasi (Fiji Islands); Treasurer: Colin Robinson (UK); Information Officers: Dr John Izard (Australia); Narjis Abbas (Pakistan); Co-opted Member: Brent Logan (New Zealand)

An association of academics, practitioners and writers, ACLALS assists and promotes the study and research of Commonwealth literatures and languages. Foundation: 1964 Accredited to the Commonwealth: 2005 Affiliated to the International Federation for Modern Languages and Literature (FILLM) and the Commonwealth Consortium for Education (CCfE). Officers: Professor Geoffrey V Davis (Institut für Anglistik, RWTH Aachen, 52056 Aachen, Germany); Vice-Chairs: Professor Bénédicte Ledent (Liège) and Professor Marc Delrez (Liège); Student Representative: Delphine Munos (Liège) There are regional chairs for the different chapters of the association which are in Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, India, Malaysia, South Africa, South Pacific, Sri Lanka, East Africa and the USA. These branches hold an annual or a triennial conference in their regions, while ACLALS holds its major conference triennially. The next conference will be held in Cyprus, in 2010.

Association of Commonwealth Examination and Accreditation Bodies (ACEAB)

Email: [email protected] [email protected] The association is a voluntary, panCommonwealth, educational networking association for persons and institutions engaged in and concerned with the development and conduct of examinations and other forms of assessment at the primary, secondary and advanced levels with a focus on the needs of small states. ACEAB has almost 100 members from 45 countries. There are four categories of membership: institutional (mostly examining authorities, accrediting organisations and

Association for Commonwealth Studies (ACS)

Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario K9J 7B8, Canada Tel: +1 705 748 1762 Fax: +1 705 748 1796 Email: [email protected] The Association for Commonwealth Studies is a voluntary, worldwide, educational association for networks of individuals including scholars,

Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS)

c/o Université de Liège, Département d'anglais, 3­5 Place Cockerill, B-4000 Liège, Belgium Tel: +32 4 366 54 39 Fax: +32 4 366 57 21


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teachers, graduate students, librarians, archivists and curators, as well as many public servants and others actively engaged in Commonwealth activity. The formation of the Association was one of the principal recommendations of the report of the Commission on Commonwealth Studies, which was chaired by Professor Thomas H B Symons (Learning from Each Other: Commonwealth Studies for the 21st Century, Commonwealth Secretariat, 1996). Foundation: June 1998 Officers: Patrons: Chief Emeka Anyaoku and Lord Moore of Wolvercote; Chair: Professor Thomas H B Symons CC O.Ont. FRSC; Vice-Chairs: Professor Donald Markwell (Australia), Dr Alastair Niven OBE, Jonathan Taylor CBE; Secretary/Treasurer: George C C Kitching; Founding Secretary: Dr Michael Twaddle; Executives: Daryl Bennett and Professor Leonard W Connolly

project funded by the UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS); co-ordinates several professional networks for higher education staff (that is, Human Resource Management, Public Relations, Marketing and Communications, Libraries and Information, Research Management and University Extension). Publications: CUDOS (Commonwealth Universities Database Online Service), Commonwealth Universities Yearbook (CD-ROM), Who's Who of Executive Heads, Universities and Development, The Idea of Engagement: Universities in Society, Trends in Academic Recruitment and Retention (and other reports on key issues in international higher education), Annual Report and Summarised Accounts, Bulletin, Research Global, Capacity, Impact, Link (three per annum).

CAA is a membership organisation for institutes representing architects in Commonwealth countries. Formed in 1965 to promote cooperation for advancement of architecture in the Commonwealth, it currently has 37 members. Officers: President: Gordon Holden (Australia); Senior Vice-President: Mubasshar Hussain (Bangladesh); Honorary Secretary/Treasurer: Adrian Dobson (UK); Chair of Education: Mansur Ahmadu (Nigeria); Chair of Validation Panel: George Henderson (UK); Chair of Practice: Balbir Verma (India); Vice-President Africa (West): Frances Mungai (Kenya); Vice-President Americas: William Harris (Guyana); Vice-President Asia: Rukshan Widyalankara (Sri Lanka); VicePresident Europe: Christos Panayiotides (Cyprus); Vice-President Oceania: John Sinclair (New Zealand); Executive Director: Tony Godwin (UK) Activities: CAA runs a multinational validation system of inter-recognition of courses in architecture enhancing standards in architectural education and facilitating mobility of students and practising architects between courses and countries. CAA promotes the exchange of architectural knowledge and runs a triennial General Assembly and conference hosted by a member institute together with an international student competition. CAA has developed `An architect's guide to designing for sustainability' and works at CHOGM together with the other Commonwealth built environment professions as BEPIC to raise awareness of, and to promote solution to, the challenges of rapid urbanisation. Under development is Partners4Projects, an initiative to assist practices from CAA member institutes to establish working alliances enabling them to compete successfully for internationally funded projects.

Commonwealth Association

c/o 127 Ebury Street, London SW1W 9QU, UK Tel: +44 20 7730 9966 Email: [email protected] General information and enquiries: Cheryl Dorall (tel: +44 00 7710 842886) The association's membership is drawn from former staff members of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Foundation, Commonwealth of Learning, and salaried staff from Commonwealth organisations and associations which are accredited to the Commonwealth by the Commonwealth Secretariat. Former staff of Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) Centres, and experts and volunteers who have served the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation (CFTC) or the Commonwealth Service Abroad Programme (CSAP) are also eligible to be members. The association offers active support for the values of the Commonwealth and the programmes of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Foundation, Commonwealth of Learning and other Commonwealth organisations. Foundation: 2001 Officers: Chairperson: Patsy Robertson; ViceChair: Stuart Mole; Secretary: Cheryl Dorall Activities: In general, networking with other Commonwealth organisations in support of common objectives, organising public talks on current affairs issues. Since 2007, organising oral history of major programmes and projects of the Commonwealth Secretariat; joint campaign in support of the people of Zimbabwe.

Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

Woburn House, 20­24 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HF, UK Tel: +44 20 7380 6700 Fax: +44 20 7387 2655 Email: [email protected] ACU is a voluntary association of around 500 universities throughout the Commonwealth. Its mission is to strengthen the higher education institutions within the association through international co-operation and understanding. Foundation: 1913 Officers: ACU's affairs are controlled by its governing council chaired in 2009­2010 by Dr Theuns Eloff, Vice-Chancellor of North-West University, South Africa; SecretaryGeneral: Professor John Tarrant Activities: Organises major meetings of Commonwealth universities and their representatives; acts as a liaison office and general information centre on Commonwealth universities, promoting their interest internationally; researches and disseminates information about higher education policy; through its appointments, advertising and publicity service, provides a range of services to assist member universities in filling staff vacancies; through its women's programme, strives to redress the gender imbalance in higher education leadership management through the provision of training materials and workshops, good practice guides and gender disaggregated statistics; provides secretariats for the UK Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, Commonwealth Universities Study Abroad Consortium, the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA); administers a number of other scholarship and fellowship programmes, and organises a wide variety of training workshops; has a reference library; hosts the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE), a joint initiative of the ACU and Universities UK; hosts The Africa Unit, a

Commonwealth Association of Indigenous Peoples (CAIP)

c/o FAIRA, PO Box 8402, Wooloongabba, Queensland 4102, Australia Tel: +61 7 3391 4677 Fax: +61 7 3391 4551 Email: [email protected] The association is made up of indigenous peoples' organisations throughout the Commonwealth. Its purpose is to create awareness of the indigenous peoples, and to advance their aspirations for land rights and self-determination. In the modern world, indigenous peoples experience extreme marginalisation and disadvantage. The association works to correct these unacceptable disparities. Foundation: 1999 Officers: President/Co-ordinator: Les Malezer Activities: The association promotes the development of human rights policies for indigenous peoples in the Commonwealth through the circulation of information to indigenous peoples' organisations and ensuring information on indigenous peoples is being presented to Commonwealth leaders, representatives and organisations.

Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA)

PO Box 508, Edgware HA8 9XZ, UK Tel: +44 20 8951 0550 Fax: +44 20 8951 0550 Email: [email protected]

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Commonwealth Association of Museums

PO Box 30192, Chinook Postal Outlet, Calgary, Alberta T2H 2V9, Canada Tel: +1 403 938 3190 Fax: +1 403 938 3190 Email: [email protected] The Commonwealth Association of Museums is a professional association supported by the Commonwealth Foundation, London. Its focus is on the role of cultural institutions in strengthening civil society. In order to work towards the betterment of museums and their societies, its aims are to: promote professional training and development of Commonwealth museum workers; promote links between museums and among museum workers and between museums and their communities; and collaborate with international organisations and individuals to promote museums. Membership is open to institutions, associations and individuals from the Commonwealth and associates from outside the Commonwealth. There are members in 40 countries. Foundation: 1974 Officers: President of the Executive Council: Martin Segger (Canada); Secretary-General: Lois Irvine (Canada); Assistant Secretary-General: Barbara Winters (Canada)

Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP)

c/o The Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland, 57 Melville Street, Edinburgh EH3 7HL, UK Tel: +44 131 226 1959 Fax: +44 131 226 1909 Email: [email protected] CAP seeks to focus and develop the skills of urban and regional planners across the Commonwealth to meet the challenges of urbanisation and the sustainable development of human settlements. There are two classes of membership. Full membership is open to national organisations of professional planners in Commonwealth countries and international organisations of individual professional planners in Commonwealth countries where no national organisation of professional planners exists. Affiliate membership is open to organisations in Commonwealth countries involved in professional activities in national, regional and local planning, and organisations in Commonwealth countries involved in planning education and research. Officers: President and Chief Executive: Christine Platt MRTPI (South Africa); Secretary-General: Cliff Hague MRTPI (UK)

CAPAM is a membership organisation dedicated to strengthening public management and consolidating democracy and good governance throughout the Commonwealth. It achieves this by building networks across the Commonwealth, through which it exchanges experiences on new developments, innovations and the reform of public administration. Foundation: 1994 Officers: President: Lynelle Briggs (Australia); Vice-President: Paul Zahra (Malta); Honorary Treasurer: Ruth Dantzer (Canada); Executive Director: David Waung Activities: Conferences and seminars designed to promote networking and to advance innovation in public management, including: the annual Senior Public Executive Seminar; the annual Integrated Service Delivery Seminar; customised in-country executive seminars; and thematic regional seminars. The International Innovations Awards Programme (since 1997), with gold, silver and bronze winners, is announced at the biennial conferences. CAPAM has established a repository of materials on good practice in public administration housed online in the CAPAM E-library. Publications: Commonwealth Innovations (quarterly); International Review of Administrative Science (quarterly); CAPAM Featured Reports (conferences).

Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA)

c/o Kenya Polytechnic University College, Haile Selasse Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya; PO Box 52428-00200, Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254 20 2249 974 Email: [email protected] The Association was formed on the recommendation of the 7th Commonwealth Education Conference held in Accra, Ghana, in March 1977. It was envisaged that CAPA would play a role similar to that of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, but with a focus on Africa. CAPA groups together about 150 institutions in 17 African countries. Its main objective is the promotion of technical and vocational education and training, technology transfer and skills development in Africa. It does this through policy advocacy and dialogue with governments, development partners and educational institutions, as well as networking and information sharing among member institutions. Foundation: 1978 Officers: Secretary-General: Dr George Afeti

Commonwealth Association for Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (CAPGAN)

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol BS2 8BJ, UK Tel: +44 117 342 8828; +44 7977 411429 Fax: +44 117 342 8831 Email: [email protected]; [email protected] CAPGAN promotes the knowledge of and training in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition throughout the Commonwealth, but especially among developing countries. It also fosters collaborative research in these fields; is a source of authoritative advice to both national and international agencies within the Commonwealth on the problems of paediatric gastroenterology and hepatology, and in particular the problems of childhood diarrhoea and malnutrition; and advocates for the needs of children particularly in relation to nutritional and diarrhoeal diseases and for an even distribution of resources. It is affiliated to 22 paediatric societies/associations within the Commonwealth. Its last meeting was held in Blantyre, Malawi, on 12­16 August 2009. The next main meeting will be held in London in 2011. Foundation: 1994 Officers: President: Professor Bhupinder Sandhu; President-elect: Professor Tahmeed Ahmed; Secretary: Professor David Brewster; Immediate past president: Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta; Treasurer: Dr Alan Phillips

Commonwealth Association of Public Sector Lawyers

PO Box 403, Mosman, New South Wales 2088, Australia Tel: +61 2 9969 3298 Fax: +61 2 9969 3298 Email: [email protected] An association of lawyers with a professional concern to promote interest in public sector law and its practice in the Commonwealth, and to provide a focus and forum for the exchange of information and ideas. Foundation: 1996 Officers: Acting Chair: Greg Ross (Australia); Secretary: Greg Ross (Australia); Assistant Secretary: Nigel Roberts (UK); Treasurer: Michael Antrum (Australia) Activities: The organisation provides opportunities for contact, and facilitating and promoting exchange and secondment arrangements, between Commonwealth countries. It holds seminars on public sector legal issues.

Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM)

L'Esplanade Laurier, 300 Laurier Avenue West, West Tower, Room A-1245, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6Z2, Canada Tel: +1 613 996 5026 Fax: +1 613 947 9223 Email: [email protected]

Commonwealth Association of Science, Technology and Mathematics Educators (CASTME)

c/o Faculty of Education, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR, UK UK Secretary, Chris McLaren Email: [email protected]


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CASTME works to advance the social relevance of the teaching of science, technology and mathematics through networking of educators in these subjects in the Commonwealth and promote this through delivering the relevant Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Foundation: 1974 Officers: Chair: Colin Matheson, University of Westminster (email: [email protected]); Administrator: Chris McLaren Activities: The association promotes networking between science, technology and mathematics educators to promote good practice in the teaching of science, technology and mathematics, and in the development of curricula and learning materials and activities for learners with an emphasis on the MDGs. CASTME publishes a journal focusing on socially relevant aspects of the subjects and the links between them. An electronic newsletter has been established in this Commonwealth Year of Science and Technology (2010) to update members and interested educators. To promote innovations, CASTME runs an annual award scheme in which teachers and teacher educators are invited to submit completed innovative projects. Professionals from 35 Commonwealth countries have received such awards. At the present time CASTME has branches in Europe, Mauritius, Asia and Africa. CASTME has also developed a number of capacity-building scholarships with the University of Westminster (UK), for suitably qualified applicants to take Masters programmes and who will return to their home countries to develop CASTME's aims and in particular the millennium goals. It has established a number of new initiatives for this Commonwealth Year of Science and Technology.

Woodman; Administrative Secretary: Susan Spedding

members to have access to rights free quality TV programming. Publications: Commonwealth Broadcaster (quarterly magazine); Commonwealth Broadcaster Directory (annual)

Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA)

c/o Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX, UK Tel: +44 20 7747 6473/4 Fax: +44 20 7747 6225 Email: [email protected] CATA is an intergovernmental organisation established by Commonwealth finance ministers to promote the improvement of tax administration in all its aspects within the Commonwealth with particular emphasis on developing countries. The long-term objective is to provide training to tax officials in technical and administrative skills, adopt best practices and to build capacity in tax administrations enabling member governments to evolve well-designed, equitable and revenue-optimising tax systems backed by efficient, modern and effective tax administrations. Foundation: 1978 Officers: President: M Sudhamo Lal (Mauritius); Chairman: Jones Zimba (Malawi); Vice-Chairman: Douglas Rankin (United Kingdom); Executive Director: Zahir Kaleem (Pakistan)

Commonwealth Business Council (CBC)

18 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5LU, UK Tel: +44 20 7024 8200 Fax: +44 20 7024 8201 Email: [email protected] CBC promotes economic empowerment for shared prosperity within the Commonwealth and beyond. To this end, CBC works to promote and facilitate trade and investment across the Commonwealth and between emerging and developed markets, improve corporate citizenship, national and international economic governance, and further the spread of e-commerce and the use of ICTs for development. CBC is a membership organisation, bringing together 120 major companies from the Commonwealth, including many industry leaders and some of the world's largest companies. CBC also works very closely with its public sector constituency, bringing together the private sector and governments on a range of issues important to the economic development of all member countries. Foundation: 1997 Officers: CBC is managed by a Board of Management, chosen from among its Council membership, co-chaired by Dr Pascal Dozie (Nigeria) and Sir Allan Fields (Barbados); DirectorGeneral and CEO: Dr Mohan Kaul Activities: Policy papers and programmes; investment and trade conferences and workshops, including the Commonwealth Business Forum and national and regional investment forums; topical working groups and allied activities; and advisory services to individual governments on economic and commercial matters. All these activities aim at improved collaboration by Commonwealth governments and business on trade and investment for shared prosperity. CBC also offers a range of commercial services to both public and private constituents, including education and training services, communication and PR services, Commonwealth Business Television feature programmes, publication services, technology services and business support, and business introduction services. Publications: Policy reports and submissions to Commonwealth Heads of Government and ministerial meetings; investment surveys, business environment surveys, specially commissioned studies and conference reports; and newsletter.

Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA)

17 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1AA, UK Tel: +44 20 7583 5550 Fax: +44 20 7583 5549 Email: [email protected] The CBA is a membership-based organisation, linking 114 members in 57 countries (including 29 affiliates, some from non-Commonwealth areas, in 19 countries). It supports public service broadcasting throughout the Commonwealth. Foundation: 1945 Secretariat: Secretary-General: Elizabeth Smith ([email protected]); Deputy Secretary-General: Sally-Ann Wilson ([email protected]); Training Director: Jas Dhariwal ([email protected]); Project Manager: Adam Weatherhead ([email protected]) Activities: The CBA holds pan-Commonwealth broadcasting conferences every two years and regional conferences also every two years. Training is a top priority. The CBA carries out many training projects through in-country workshops and distance learning. It also provides a number of bursaries for employees of its member organisations and administers the Commonwealth Short Story Awards, which are open to all Commonwealth residents. The CBA produces Pick of the Commonwealth (a 30-minute monthly radio programme available for download from its website) and runs the CBA Awards, which reward talent and innovation in broadcasting. It also runs the CBA International Programme Bank, allowing its

Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE)

c/o Faculty of Environment and Technology, School of the Built and Natural Environment, University of the West of England, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK Tel: +44 117 328 3036 Fax: +44 117 328 3036 Email: [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] CASLE helps to form and develop professional bodies in its field, and to set standards for all specialisms in surveying including land and marine surveying, quantity surveying, estate management and land economy. It helps Commonwealth countries to acquire the quantity and quality of indigenous skills in surveying and land economy required to carry out their social and economic development programmes. Foundation: 1969 Officers: President: Jacob Opadeyi (Trinidad and Tobago; [email protected]); SecretaryGeneral: Brian Waldy; Honorary Treasurer: Barry

Commonwealth Centre for Electronic Governance (CCEG)

c/o 1500 Bank St, Suite 629, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 1B8, Canada

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Tel: +1 613 799 8993 Email: [email protected] The mission of CCEG is to promote electronic governance by providing a knowledge base of best practices and policies for information technology implementation in public-sector organisations. CCEG also advises and provides expertise to governments around the world on e-governance, e-government and e-democracy. It delivers courses on the implementation of e-governance. Membership comprises representatives of government agencies and non-profit organisations from all regions of the Commonwealth. CCEG has a board of directors, a patron's committee and an advisory council. The Centre works with the Commonwealth Secretariat's programmes on e-governance and e-government, while drawing expertise and financial resources from the developed countries of the Commonwealth. It is a designated thinktank of the Commonwealth Secretariat. Officers: Chair, Advisory Council: Michael Turner (Canada); Vice-Chair, Advisory Council: Rogers W'O Okot-Uma; Chief Executive and Chair of Board of Directors: Professor Thomas B Riley

­ in 2009 (17CCEM in Kuala Lumpur) on `learning to live together: education for social cohesion'. Next in series: 2012 at 18CCEM in The Bahamas. · Biennial workshops on the occasion of the Commonwealth People's Forum at CHOGM. ­ Valletta 2005: Networking Commonwealth people for implementing the MDGs in education. ­ Kampala 2007: Education for transformation: joined-up policies for Commonwealth education development. ­ Port of Spain 2009: Education for peacebuilding. · Submissions and representations to Commonwealth bodies and governments on issues concerning Commonwealth education. · Participation in Commonwealth working groups and consultative meetings. Publications · Implementing the Edinburgh Commonwealth Action Plan for Education ­ major report undertaken for the Commonwealth Secretariat in 2005. · Working together in education: a Commonwealth update ­ containing 13 briefing notes on different aspects of Commonwealth education co-operation, 2009. · Commonwealth Education Directory 2009. · A quarterly Commonwealth Education Calendar of forward meetings and events.

Studies in Educational Administration (ISEA). The journal is edited by Professors Jacky Lumby and Nick Foskett of Southampton University (UK). CCEAM also publishes two editions of its newsletter, Managing Education Matters, per year. Biennial conferences are organised by national affiliated organisations. Fellowships are awarded on nomination of national associations. The CCEAM participates in research projects and is available for consultancy services. The CCEAM aims to: · foster links and exchanges in education administration, management and leadership · encourage the development of national associations · organise and support regional and international conferences · promote international understanding and collaboration, and · encourage the study, practice and preparation of education leaders.

Commonwealth Countries League (CCL)

c/o Executive Chair (Majorie Rennie), 37 Priory Avenue, Sudbury, Middlesex HA0 2SB, UK Tel: +44 1923 821364 Email: [email protected] CCL's aims are to promote the education and advancement of women throughout the Commonwealth as a contributory factor in the alleviation of world poverty. Foundation: 1925 Officers: President: D Leolynn Jones; Executive Chair: Majorie Rennie; Honorary Secretary: Stuart Bell Activities: The CCL has a programme of informative talks and social functions. It organises the annual Commonwealth Fair in association with the spouses of Commonwealth High Commissioners and affiliated organisations to raise funds for its charitable arm, the CCL Education Fund, which sponsors bright but needy girls through their secondary education in their own Commonwealth countries. The CCL also administers an Alumnae Association bringing together those sponsored by the fund over the last 40 years with those currently sponsored.

Commonwealth Consortium for Education (CCfE)

Commonwealth House, 7 Lion Yard, Tremadoc Road, London SW4 7NQ, UK Tel: +44 1306 501788 (Honorary Secretary) Fax: +44 1306 501788 (Honorary Secretary) Email: [email protected] The objectives of the Consortium are to promote the development of education throughout the Commonwealth by mobilising the contribution of education-based NGOs, and to constitute a forum to promote co-operation among member organisations. Membership is open to any panCommonwealth organisation in the fields of education, youth and culture, with associate membership available to other international or national Commonwealth organisations sharing the Consortium's objectives. In 2009 there were 18 full members and five associate members. Foundation: 2001 Officers: Chair: Professor Colin Power (CASTME); Alternate Chair: Mark Robinson (CHEC); Communications Secretary: Stephen Blunden (Link Community Development); Honorary Secretary: Peter Williams (Council for Education in the Commonwealth); Treasurer: John Tarrant (ACU) Activities · A major conference every three years to coincide with the Conferences of Commonwealth Education Ministers: ­ in 2003 (15CCEM in Edinburgh) on `the recruitment, retention and mobility of teachers' ­ in 2006 (16CCEM in Cape Town) on `promoting school and college partnerships in the Commonwealth', and

Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM)

c/o Zandile Kunene, President, Postnet Suite 161, Private Bag X9, Melville 2109, Johannesburg, South Africa Tel: +27 0118 302200 Fax: +27 0866 312639 E-mail: [email protected] The CCEAM is a Commonwealth organisation dedicated to fostering co-operative and collaborative exchanges internationally among education leadership, administration and management professionals. The CCEAM is affiliated to the Commonwealth Consortium for Education (CCfE). Foundation: 1970 Officers: President: Zandile Kunene (South Africa); Immediate Past President: Professor Petros Pashiardis (Cyprus); VicePresident: Dr Andreas Tsiakkiros (Cyprus); Elected Vice-President: Anusha Naidu (South Africa); Member: Dr Barbara Vann (United Kingdom); Member: Jenny Lewis (Australia); Business Manager: Arlene Walsh (South Africa; [email protected], mobile: +27 825 619128) Activities: CCEAM publishes three editions per annum of its academic journal, International

Commonwealth Countries League Education Fund

2 Curtis Street, Swindon SN1 5JU, UK Tel: +44 1793 616 693; +44 7760 201452 (mobile) Fax: +44 0870 123 1813 Email: [email protected] The Commonwealth Countries League Education Fund is a secondary/high school sponsorship scheme for girls of academic potential but lacking financial support. Over 3,000 girls have been supported in their own countries since the


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scheme started in 1967. They are monitored throughout their sponsorship and the success stories are considerable with girls becoming teachers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, accountants and agricultural officers. Educated girls, with a highly developed sense of responsibility, provide a better future for themselves, their communities and families. Officers: Chairman, Board of Trustees: Jenny Groves

Commonwealth Education Trust. Projects are designed to build sustainable capacity and improve the quality of schooling in Commonwealth countries in the areas of school leadership, pedagogical expertise, and initial and continuing teacher education; and encompass ongoing initiatives in leadership, health education, information and communication technologies, gender equity and literacy. · The LOOK Study, being undertaken by a Commonwealth Education Trust subsidiary company in Australia. This is a five-year longitudinal study of 850 children in Canberra, with half receiving special physical education instruction from specialists coming into the school each week and half continuing with the normal practice of receiving physical education instruction from their classroom teachers. The study is designed to investigate the impact of primary school physical education and physical activity on the health and academic attainment of the children.

Commonwealth Foundation

Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HY, UK Tel: +44 20 7930 3783 Fax: +44 20 7839 8157 Email: [email protected] (See profile of the Commonwealth Foundation in the `Official Commonwealth Organisations' section of this publication.)

Commonwealth Dental Association (CDA)

c/o Ulrike Matthesius, CDA Administrator, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS, UK Tel: +44 20 7563 4133 Fax: +44 20 7563 4556 Email: [email protected] The CDA aims to improve dental and oral health in Commonwealth countries, by raising the skills of practitioners and increasing the community's awareness of the importance of oral health. CDA's membership comprises the national dental associations in the countries of the Commonwealth, and `friends' of CDA. Foundation: 1991 Officers: President: Dr Hilary Cooray (Sri Lanka); President-elect: Dr William O'Reilly (Australia); Executive Secretary: Dr Sam Thorpe OOR (Sierra Leone); Treasurer: Dr Anthony S Kravitz OBE (UK)

Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF)

2nd Floor, 138 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NR, UK Tel: +44 20 7491 8801 Fax: +44 20 7409 7803 Email: [email protected] The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is responsible for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games every four years, a great sporting event that ranks second only to the Olympic Games in terms of global reach with membership and athletes drawn from all the continents. The CGF is also responsible for the delivery of the Commonwealth Youth Games, an event that also occurs every four years and one that is open to athletes aged 14 to 18 years old. In 2010 the Commonwealth Games will be held in Delhi, India, between 3 and 14 October. A sports programme consisting of 17 sports will see more than 6,000 athletes and officials gather. Glasgow, Scotland, will host the 20th Commonwealth Games in 2014. The fourth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games will take place in the Isle of Man in 2011. More information pertaining to the Commonwealth Games can be found via the website listed earlier. Officers: President: The Hon Michael Fennell OJ CD (Jamaica); Chief Executive: Michael Hooper Activities: The Federation promotes the Commonwealth Games, held every four years, midway between Olympic Games. It also encourages and supports the holding of singlesport championships in Commonwealth countries and development of sport throughout the Commonwealth. Since 2000 (Edinburgh) the Federation has also developed the Commonwealth Youth Games, the second of which took place in Bendigo, Australia, in 2004 with Pune, India, the host for 2008 and the Isle of Man for 2011. The 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne included 16 sports, five of which were obligatory: athletics, race swimming, lawn bowls, rugby sevens and netball. The CGF is represented on CABOS (Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport), and provides direction and advice to governments across the Commonwealth on how sport can be used as a means of social and educational development.

Commonwealth Engineers Council (CEC)

One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA, UK Tel: +44 20 7665 2005 Fax: +44 20 7223 1806 Email: [email protected] The CEC links professional engineering institutions of the Commonwealth to foster cooperation and exchange of information, support the development of indigenous engineering institutions, and foster the education, training and professional development of engineers. The CEC also encourages development of young engineers throughout the Commonwealth, in particular through their engagement in sustainable development and poverty alleviation. Foundation: 1946 Officers: President: Tom Foulkes; Secretary: Neil Bailey

Commonwealth Education Trust/Commonwealth Institute

6th Floor, New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE, UK Tel: +44 20 7024 9822 Fax: +44 20 7024 9833 Email: [email protected] Centre for Commonwealth Education, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PQ, UK Tel: +44 1223 507133/4 Email: [email protected] Lifestyle of our Kids (LOOK) The Commonwealth Education Trust is the successor trust to the Commonwealth Institute. Its purpose is to advance education in the Commonwealth. Officers: Chair: Judith Hanratty CVO OBE; Vice-Chair: The Lord Fellowes GCB GCVO QSO; Finance Director and Secretary: Judy Curry Activities: The Trust invests in primary and secondary education and initial and continuing teacher education across the Commonwealth. Initiatives it has invested in include the following. · The Centre for Commonwealth Education, a collaboration between the Faculty of Education within the University of Cambridge and the

Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA)

The Crib, Dinchope, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9JJ, UK Tel: +44 1588 672 868 Fax: +44 870 011 6645 Email: [email protected] The mission of the CFA is to promote good management, use and conservation of forests and forest lands. Its vision is to promote the wellbeing of the world's forests and those who benefit from them. Membership is open to nationals of all countries, not just Commonwealth countries. Foundation: 1921 (as Empire Forestry Association) Officers: Patron: Queen Elizabeth II; President: David Bills; Chair: Jim Ball; Vice-Chair: John Innes; Technical Director and Editor: Alan Pottinger

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Commonwealth Geographical Bureau (CGB)

c/o Department of Geography, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand Tel: +64 3 479 8773 Fax: +64 3 479 9037 Email: [email protected] The CGB promotes interaction among geographers in universities and other institutions in Commonwealth countries by providing information about important activities, and supporting the participation of geographers at Commonwealth workshops and meetings. The CGB is particularly interested in providing technical knowledge and technology transfers from more developed Commonwealth countries to geographers and geography departments in the less developed countries of the Commonwealth. Foundation: 1968 Officers: President: Professor Tony Binns (New Zealand); Honorary Secretary: Professor Elizabeth Thomas-Hope (Jamaica); Honorary Treasurer: Professor Nigel Walford (UK) Activities: The Bureau sponsors meetings of Commonwealth geographers, especially from developing countries, either in the form of training workshops or academic conferences.

Officers: Chairman of Governing Board: Caryll Stephens; Chairman of Executive Committee: Professor Eleanor Morris; Founder and Executive Vice-Chair, CHEC International HQ: Dame Zena Daysh CNZM; Honorary President: The Hon Levi Oguike; Vice-Chair: Professor T K N Unnithan; Honorary Treasurer: John Bonham Activities: CHEC adopts the integrated and holistic approach to thinking, understanding and decision-making, which is one of the keys to dealing with the complexities that are associated with human ecology. Its mission statement reads: `Human Ecology is the interdisciplinary study of the relationship between human society and nature. CHEC aims to continue to build and improve harmonious relationships between humans and nature through education, health, practical projects, and advocacy among individuals, communities, organisations and governments throughout the Commonwealth and the wider world.' · In 2008, CHEC commenced work on the Commonwealth Fisheries Programme (CFP). This is an international programme aimed at ensuring sustainability of inshore fisheries and improving the livelihoods of coastal communities in developing countries. It is a two-year programme managed by a consortium of Commonwealth organisations: CHEC, the Commonwealth Foundation and the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit (CPSU) formed a partnership which is funded by DFID and AusAID. CHEC's role in the project is to work with key stakeholders, particularly the fisherfolk and their communities, to understand the pattern of changes in coastal fisheries, and to develop with them an approach to secure enhanced sustainability of the fishery and improved livelihoods for the fisherfolk. · With the USA-based Society for Human Ecology, the German Society for Human Ecology and the School of Environment and Development of the University of Manchester (UK), CHEC organised a highly successful International Conference on Human Ecology from 29 June to 3 July 2009. The 200 plus participants included representatives of 19 Commonwealth countries, 12 of whom were generously supported financially by the Commonwealth Foundation. The conference discussed issues ranging from climate change, sustainable cities, urban greening to local knowledge in regional development, gender issues in sustainability and the future of human ecology and its philosophy. Students found the conference particularly helpful, with special workshops and the opportunity to meet senior scholars from around the world. Contacts made will permit future exchanges and collaborations. · A project has also been developed from contacts begun at the 2007 Kampala CHOGM with CIANEA (the Community based Impact Assessment Network for Eastern Africa). CIANEA training in gender mainstreaming in integrated water resources management has

led to the development of training manuals for Gender and Water Ambassadors, who are working on issues affecting poor men and women around the Lake Victoria region. The CHEC collaborative project with CIANEA involved two pilot, three-day workshops and training sessions to enhance the skills of women's NGOs, youth groups and environmental organisations, one in Uganda and one in Tanzania. Supported by the Commonwealth Foundation, the first took place in Kampala in July 2009 and the second followed in Tanzania in November 2009. Participants have asked for further training of this kind and CHEC will seek further funding. · Through national chapters in Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, The Gambia, Guyana, Kenya, India, Malta, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Uganda, CHEC has partnership status with Habitat, the UN Centre for Human Settlements, Nairobi, and with the UN Secretary-General Programme in New York working actively to promote human settlements and rural development projects. · CHEC-Guyana has launched a natural resource management training centre with outreach activities in the local community. · CHEC-India established the Indira Gandhi Centre for Human Ecology, Environmental and Population Studies at the University of Rajasthan, and organises national and regional health and education programmes. · CHEC-Nigeria has developed a programme for improving the capacity of local government officers throughout Nigeria to promote local action for sustainable development involving Training for Trainers. · CHEC-Sierra Leone has worked with its government by doing research and completing factsheets on the environment and local radio programmes. · CHEC-Sri Lanka has been involved in rebuilding housing after the 2004 tsunami and ensuring the Morris Minor Centre continues its operations.

Commonwealth Hansard Editors Association

House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA, UK Tel: +44 20 7219 3388 Fax: +44 20 7219 3049 Email: [email protected] The Commonwealth organisation of the editors of Hansard, the official reports and records of the proceedings of Commonwealth parliaments. Foundation: 1984 Officers: Secretary: Lorraine Sutherland Activities: A triennial conference for the discussion of reporting techniques and procedures, in particular the management of the latest developments in information, printing and publishing technology. Particular emphasis is placed on assistance to smaller and newly emerging Commonwealth states.

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI)

B-117 2nd floor, Sarvodaya Enclave, New Delhi ­ 110017, India Tel: +91 11 4318 0200/11 4318 0225­299 Fax: +91 11 2686 4688 Email: [email protected] CHRI Africa Office Street address: CHRI Africa Office, Second Floor, No. 9 Samora Machel Road, Asylum Down, Accra, Ghana Postal address: PO Box GP 771, Accra, Ghana Tel: +233 21 271170/244 70 4641 Email: [email protected] CHRI London Office Institute of Commonwealth Studies 28 Russell Square, London WCIB 5DS, UK

Commonwealth Human Ecology Council (CHEC)

Church House, Newton Road, Bayswater, London W2 5LS, UK Tel: +44 20 7792 5934 Fax: +44 20 7792 5948 Email: [email protected] CHEC has been an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Foundation: November 1969


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Tel: +44 20 7862 8857 Fax: +44 20 7862 8820 Email: [email protected] CHRI is an international NGO that works for the practical realisation of human rights throughout the Commonwealth. It has been headquartered in India since 1993. CHRI also has offices in Ghana and the UK. CHRI advocates for better respect for, protection and promotion of international human rights standards and ensuring greater adherence to Commonwealth Harare principles. Issues relating to accountability and participation in governance ­ access to justice and access to information ­ are at the heart of CHRI's work. It also overviews the human rights situation in countries of the Commonwealth, looking especially at human rights defenders, compliance with international treaty obligations and monitoring the performance of Commonwealth members of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Foundation: 1987. CHRI's founding organisations are Commonwealth Journalists Association, Commonwealth Lawyers Association, Commonwealth Legal Education Association, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Commonwealth Press Union and Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. Chief Functionaries: Chair, Advisory Commission and Executive Committee, Africa Office: Samuel Awuku Okudzeto (Ghana); Chair, Executive Committee (Headquarters): B G Verghese (India); Chair, Executive Committee (UK): Neville Linton (UK); Director: Maja Daruwala Activities: Within the access to justice programme, CHRI's main focus is on police reform and prison reforms. The programme also includes judicial education. CHRI's right to information (RTI) programme works to promote and protect the right to access information, and to catalyse the development and implementation of RTI regimes in all regions of the Commonwealth focusing on Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands and South Asia. For each Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, CHRI produces a report on an issue of human rights concern within the Commonwealth (these can be downloaded at CHRI's website) and organises the Commonwealth Human Rights Forum to coincide with the meeting to ensure the active engagement of civil society.

connection with educational, religious and other charitable needs. Foundation: 1982 Officers: President: Lord Janner of Braunstone QC; Vice-Presidents: Paul Secher, Jeff Durkin, Flo Kaufman; Chair: Sir Gavin Lightman; Honorary Secretary: Jack Galaun; Honorary Treasurer: Harvey Lipsith; Director: Maureen Gold

strengthening of national judicial education bodies; to encourage regional and panCommonwealth networking and exchange of human and material resources; to train core judicial education faculty; to develop programme modules for the use of all Commonwealth countries; and to design judicial education programmes to support judicial reform. There are three levels of oversight: · the Patrons ­ a panel made up of Commonwealth chief justices and other distinguished jurists · an Advisory Board made up of executive heads of judicial education bodies in Commonwealth countries · a corporate Board of Directors drawn from all regions of the Commonwealth and representative of different levels of court and court administration. Officers: President: The Rt Hon Sir Dennis Byron; Chair: Judge (R) Sandra E Oxner; Treasurer/Secretary: Larry Smith CA

The Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA)

c/o Lower Suite, 1099 Ambercroft Lane, Oakville, Ontario L6M 1Z6, Canada Tel: +1 416 575 5377 Fax: +1 416 923 7206 Email: [email protected].ca The CJA works to improve journalistic standards and skills in Commonwealth countries, promotes the role of the media in good governance and development, and fosters interest in Commonwealth affairs. The CJA's Executive Director is based in a Toronto (Canada) suburban community and works with an Executive Committee made up of representatives from all regions of the Commonwealth. Foundation: 1978 Officers: President: Hassan Shahriar (Bangladesh); Vice-Presidents: Martin Mulligan (Europe), Doyin Mahmoud (Africa), Florence Yii (Asia and Pacific), and Chris Cobb (North America and Caribbean); Executive Committee members: Champika Liyanaarachchi (Sri Lanka), Mahendra Ved (India), Lance Polu (Samoa), Fauzia Shaheen (Pakistan), Newton Sibanda (Zimbabwe), Caroline Jackson (Malaysia), Syed Belal Ahmed (UK), Alice Drito (Uganda), Pieter Wessels (Australia), Derek Ingram (UK), Rita Payne (UK), Murray Burt (Canada) and Farid Hossain (Pakistan); Executive Director: Bryan Cantley (in Toronto) Activities: Training courses and workshops are organised for journalists in developing Commonwealth countries. The CJA also works closely with journalists in developed countries to improve journalists' skills, standards and ethics, and to promote the Commonwealth. The CJA intervenes in defence of journalists' personal and professional rights where these are threatened, sometimes in concert with other Commonwealth organisations.

Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA)

Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR, UK Tel: +44 20 7862 8824 Fax: +44 20 7862 8816 Email: [email protected] The CLA's objectives, as enshrined in its constitution, are to maintain and promote the rule of law throughout the Commonwealth by: · ensuring that the people of the Commonwealth are served by an independent and efficient legal profession · preserving and fostering a common bond of Commonwealth · strengthening professional links among lawyers · maintaining the honour and integrity of the profession and promoting uniform standards of professional ethics, and · supporting improved standards of education and exchanges of lawyers and students. Foundation: 1983 Officers: President: Mohamed Husain (South Africa); Secretary-General: Claire Martin Activities: The CLA holds biennial (previously triennial) Commonwealth Law Conferences that are normally organised by the law society/bar council of the host country. The next CLC is due to be held 6­10 February 2011 in Hyderabad, India. The association is developing a programme of capacity-building projects in Commonwealth jurisdictions, in partnership with local law societies and bar associations. Among the areas to be covered are constitutionalism and rule of law, corruption, terrorism and continuing legal education.

The Commonwealth Jewish Council and Trust

BCM Box 6871, London WC1N 3XX, UK Tel: +44 20 7222 2120 Fax: +44 20 7222 1781 Email: [email protected] The Commonwealth Jewish Council is the roof body of 37 Commonwealth Jewish communities. It provides links between them and with Commonwealth governments. The Commonwealth Jewish Trust (its charitable arm) provides assistance for affiliated communities, in

Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute (CJEI)

Room 306, 6061 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9, Canada Tel: +1 902 494 1002 Fax: +1 902 494 1031 Email: [email protected] The CJEI is incorporated as a charity under the laws of Nova Scotia, Canada. It was established to provide support for the creation and

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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)

1055 West Hastings Street, Suite 1200, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 2E9, Canada Tel: +1 604 775 8200 Fax: +1 604 775 8210 Email: [email protected] (See profile of the Commonwealth of Learning in the `Official Commonwealth Organisations' section of this publication.)

Commonwealth Library Association (COMLA)

PO Box 144, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica Tel: +1 876 927 0083 Fax: +1 876 927 1926 Email: [email protected] COMLA supports library associations in the Commonwealth by promoting the interests of libraries and librarians and facilitating networks for information delivery and exchange. Its membership comprises national library associations and major library institutions in countries that do not yet have an association. From 2002 librarians have been eligible to become individual members. Foundation: 1972 Officers: President: awaiting appointment; Honorary Executive Secretary: Norma Y AmenuKpodo (Jamaica) Activities: Activities focus on the mutual recognition of educational qualifications, professional development, improvement of rural library services and on the development of library services for distance learners, information literacy and access to information; seminars and workshops; and assisting in improving management practices of member associations. It publishes COMLA Bulletin.

Foundation: 1995 Officers: Chair: Mayor Zenaida Muoya (Mayor, Belize City Council); Vice-Chairpersons: Mayor Amos Masondo (President, South African Local Government Association), The Hon Hazel Manning (Minister of Local Government, Trinidad and Tobago); Secretary-General: Carl Wright; Deputy Secretary-General: Lucy Slack; Director of Communications: Sue Rhodes; Regional Project Manager (Pacific): Karibaiti Taoaba; Project Officer (India): Anuya Kuwar; Project Officer (Southern Africa): Nyasha Simbanegavi Activities: CLGF encourages local democracy through local election support and monitoring, exchange of experience and good practice, technical projects and partnerships to strengthen local government capacity and implement the Commonwealth principles on good practice for local democracy and good governance, and information and research on innovations and good practice in local government. It organises symposiums and workshops on democracy and local government issues in all regions of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Local Government Good Practice Scheme funds technical co-operation partnerships between local authorities. CLGF is the voice for local government in Commonwealth, advocating decentralisation and good local governance and the role of local government in tackling poverty, delivering the MDGs and other global issues at key Commonwealth and international forums. The Forum holds the biennial Commonwealth Local Government Conference. The fifth conference was held in Freeport, The Bahamas, in May 2009 with the theme of `improving local government: the Commonwealth vision'. The 2011 conference, on `partnerships for promoting local economic development', will take place in Cardiff, UK, from 15 to 18 March 2011 (visit Publications: CLGF Bulletin (3/4 p.a.); CLGF enews ­ a regular update on what's happening in local government throughout the Commonwealth; Commonwealth Local Government Handbook (a complete guide to local government systems in Commonwealth countries with case studies of innovative reforms in local government structures and services, published annually); E-journal of Commonwealth Local Governance and Democracy (from early 2008); Aberdeen Agenda: Commonwealth Principles on Good Practice for Local Democracy and Good Governance; research, workshop and conference reports.

Commonwealth Legal Advisory Service (CLAS)

Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP, UK Tel: +44 20 7862 5151 Fax: +44 20 7862 5152 Email: [email protected] CLAS provides legal advisory and research services on request to attorneys-general, other government agencies and official law reform agencies in the Commonwealth in respect of laws and legal developments in Commonwealth jurisdictions. Foundation: 1962

Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA)

c/o Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division, Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX, UK Tel: +44 20 7747 6415 Fax: +44 20 7747 6406 Email: [email protected] CLEA fosters and promotes high standards of legal education in the Commonwealth. Its programme of action is designed to make legal education socially relevant and professionally useful. Foundation: 1971 Officers: President: David McQuoid-Mason (South Africa); Vice-Presidents: John Hatchard (UK), Ronnie Bodoo Singh, Peter Slinn (UK), Joe Silva (Sri Lanka); General Secretary: Selina Goulbourne (UK) Activities: CLEA holds conferences on legal education and related topics. It developed model courses for Commonwealth law schools on human rights in the Commonwealth, and tackling transnational crime, and in 2006­07 was developing further courses on tackling corruption and the misuse of public office, and teaching Islamic law. It organises the Commonwealth Law Moot competition, the Commonwealth law students' essay competition and the Commonwealth Law Lecture series. It publishes a newsletter (3 p.a.), Commonwealth Legal Education, and the Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education (2 p.a.).

Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF)

CLGF headquarters, 16a Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AP, UK Tel: +44 20 7389 1490 Fax: +44 20 7389 1499 Email: [email protected] Pacific Regional Office, GPO Box 159, Suva, Fiji Islands Tel: +679 330 0257 Fax: +679 330 2729 Email: [email protected] The CLGF works to promote and strengthen democratic local government throughout the Commonwealth and to encourage the exchange of good practice in local government structures and services. CLGF is based in London with regional project offices in the Pacific, India and South Africa. It works through its 170 members in 40 Commonwealth countries, particularly the national local government associations, ministries dealing with local government, individual local authorities, and regional and international partners. It brings together practitioners from all spheres of government who are involved in local government to pool experiences and share good practice. Its members include local councils and municipalities, local government associations and ministries of local government. Trade unions, training and research institutions and professional or employers' associations are welcome as associate members.

Commonwealth Magistrates' and Judges' Association (CMJA)

Uganda House, 58­59 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DX, UK Tel: +44 20 7976 1007 Fax: +44 20 7976 2394 Email: [email protected]


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The CMJA provides a unique network for judicial officers in Commonwealth countries in order to assist them to advance the administration of justice. Thus its aims are to promote the independence of the judiciary; and to advance education in the law, the administration of justice, the treatment of offenders and the prevention of crime. Foundation: 1970 Officers: President: Her Hon Mrs Justice Norma Wade-Miller; Executive Vice-President: Sir Phillip Bailhache; Secretary-General: Dr Karen Brewer Activities: Seminars, conferences, training courses and workshops; study tours to visit court and penal institutions and other aspects of legal systems in member countries. The association undertakes training for judicial officers around the Commonwealth at the request of the local or regional judicial organisation.

The Commonwealth Network of Information Technology for Development (COMNET-IT)

COMNET-IT Foundation, `Alfir' Reggie Miller Street, Gzira GZR 1541, Malta Tel: +356 2132 3393 Fax: +356 2132 3390 Email: [email protected] The Commonwealth Network of Information Technology for Development was established as an independent international foundation in November 1995, with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Government of Malta as its sponsors. The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in New Zealand welcomed this development in its final communiqué. Since then, a fully functioning secretariat has been set up with the ongoing support of the Government of Malta and the national agencies represented on the COMNET-IT Board primarily within Commonwealth member countries to support activities related to the policy-development and capability-building in implementing, managing, and using new information and communication technologies. Foundation: 1995 Officers: Chair: Joseph V Tabone; Project Director: Yasmeen Ariff Activities: COMNET-IT is the Commonwealth forum for good practice in ICT application, and focuses on the development of national ICT policies and the application of IT in the public service. COMNET-IT has championed the development of a Commonwealth Action Programme for the Digital Divide, mandated by Heads of Government at the Coolum CHOGM 2002 and updated at the Malta CHOGM 2005 (see website of the Commonwealth Connects Programme at Publications: COMNET-IT Forum (newsletter); Information Technology for Development (journal).

Activities: The Federation's work programme includes regional and in-country workshops and training aimed at raising the profile and standards of nursing and midwifery in Commonwealth countries; participating in and influencing health policy development at a Commonwealth level; and research and other initiatives on key areas of concern to nurses and midwives such as workforce planning, migration and HIV and AIDS.

Commonwealth Organisation for Social Work (COSW)

Representative to Commonwealth Institutions (UK): Terry Bamford Tel: +44 20 7229 6993 Email: [email protected] COSW is an organisation for citizens of the Commonwealth who are interested in promoting and supporting social work and social development. It contributes the social work perspective to Commonwealth activities. It is supported by social work associations in the Commonwealth and has formal links with the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW). COSW upholds the code of ethics of IFSW and promotes its professional principles. Foundation: Established in 1994 at a meeting of social workers from Commonwealth countries during the biennial conference of the IFSW in Colombo, Sri Lanka. COSW was formally accredited in 2007. Officers: Chairs: Ngoh-Tiong Tan (Singapore) and Charles Mbugua (Kenya); Honorary SecretaryGeneral: Monique Auffrey (Canada); Treasurer: Fiona Robertson (New Zealand); Board members: Terry Bamford (UK), Jeannette Conway (Australia), Nigel Hall (UK/Zimbabwe)

Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA)

British Medical Association Building, International Department, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP, UK Tel: +44 207 383 6069 Fax: +44 207 383 6644 Email: [email protected] The main aim of the CMA is to assist and strengthen the capacities of National Medical Associations of countries within the Commonwealth to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities and countries. Foundation: 1962 Officers: President: Dr Sundara Arulrhaj; Secretary: Dr Oheneba Owusu-Danso Activities: Regional and international workshops on health issues; medical and health research; advocacy on health issues; capacity-building for member national medical associations; and collaborations with other international bodies, civil society and governance institutions, with similar objectives.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)

Secretariat: Suite 700, Westminster House, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, UK Tel: +44 20 7779 1460/20 7219 4666 Fax: +44 20 7222 6073 Email: [email protected] The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association links members of national, state, provincial and territorial parliaments and legislatures across the Commonwealth. Its mission is to promote the advancement of parliamentary democracy by enhancing knowledge and understanding of democratic governance. It seeks to build an informed parliamentary community able to deepen the Commonwealth's democratic commitment and to further co-operation among its parliaments and legislatures. Foundation: 1911 (as the Empire Parliamentary Association) Officers: President: The Hon Kenneth Marende MP (Speaker of the National Assembly, Kenya); Chair of the Executive Committee: The Hon Dato' Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal MP, Minister of Rural and Regional Development, Malaysia; SecretaryGeneral: Dr William F Shija

Commonwealth Medical Trust (Commat)

BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP, UK Tel: +44 1689 878 372 Email: [email protected] Commat's work is focused on the promotion of health and prevention of disease and disability (especially in the area of reproductive health) and the advancement of human rights and medical ethics ­ particularly for the poor and other marginalised groups in Commonwealth and other developing countries, and with special reference to the role that can be played by medical practitioners and their professional associations. National Commat organisations have been established in Pakistan and Uganda. Foundation: 1995 Officers: Director: Marianne Haslegrave

Commonwealth Nurses Federation

c/o Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN, UK Tel: +44 20 7647 3593 Fax: +44 20 7647 3413 Email: [email protected] The purpose of the CNF is to contribute to the improved health of citizens of the Commonwealth by fostering access to nursing education, influencing health policy, developing nursing networks and strengthening nursing leadership. Foundation: 1973 Officers: President: Susie Kong (Singapore); VicePresident: Satish Chawla (India); Executive Secretary: Jill Iliffe; Treasurer: Angela Neuhaus

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Activities: The CPA pursues its objectives by means of: annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences, regional conferences and other symposiums; interparliamentary visits; parliamentary seminars and workshops; publications, notably The Parliamentarian and newsletters on CPA activities and parliamentary and political events; and Parliamentary Information and Reference Centre communications. Active CPA Branches now exist in more than 175 national, state, provincial and territorial parliaments and legislatures, with a total membership in excess of 16,000 parliamentarians.

Tel: +44 20 7572 2364 Fax: +44 20 7572 2504 Email: [email protected] The 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 in particular by: · promoting high standards of professional conduct among pharmacists, having due regard for the honour and traditions of the profession · effecting close links between members of the profession in Commonwealth countries and facilitating personal contacts between pharmacists and students · encouraging the creation of a national professional pharmaceutical association in any Commonwealth country where none exists, fostering high standards of pharmaceutical education at all levels and of practice in all branches of the profession, and holding Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Conferences · facilitating the dissemination of knowledge and information about the pharmaceutical sciences and the professional practice of pharmacy · advocating high standards of control over the quality and distribution of drugs, wherever appropriate by professional means, and to that end encouraging suitable legislation and its implementation, and · liaising with similar associations or allied health professional groups within and outside of the Commonwealth to assist in attaining these objectives. Foundation: 1970, as the Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Association Officers: President: Ivan Kotze (South Africa); Vice-Presidents: Raymond Anderson (United Kingdom), Cecil Jacques (Guyana); Honorary Secretary: Roger Odd (UK); Treasurer: John Farwell (UK); Administrator: Betty Falconbridge (UK)

dissemination and discussion of ideas. Its work covers the four main areas of: society, governance, environment, and economic development. Foundation: 1999 Officers: Director: Dr Victoria te Velde. The CPSU has the benefit of a prestigious International Advisory Board, which is chaired by Professor James Manor. Activities: CPSU conducts research projects lasting anything from a few weeks to two or three years. These projects are principally funded from external sources. Many of them are carried out in partnership with other organisations. The CPSU has published more than 20 periodic briefings for Commonwealth ministerial meetings on a range of subjects. It also holds or hosts workshops, conferences, meetings and other events. Further information about the CPSU, including copies of its research, can be found on its website.

Commonwealth Partnership for Technology Management (CPTM)

CPTM Smart Partners' Hub, 63 Catherine Place, London SW1E 6DY, UK Tel: +44 20 7798 2500 Fax: +44 20 7798 2525 Email: [email protected] CPTM is an independent government/private sector partnership created to provide advisory services to Commonwealth countries, institutions and organisations on technology management as a tool for macroeconomic development. Its mission is `to enhance national capabilities for the creation and participation in wealth through sound management of technology, using public/private sector partnerships'. Members comprise Commonwealth governments, public and private sector organisations, and individual networkers (academics, civil servants, business and trade union professionals). Foundation: 1995 Officers: Chair: Tan Sri Datuk Dr Omar bin Abdul Rahman; Chief Executive: Dr Mihaela Y Smith PJN, KMN Activities: Under the Country Activities Programme, each year CPTM develops a portfolio of projects to be implemented in Commonwealth countries. This includes tasks as diverse as national visions for strategic development, quality management for improved productivity through to control of coastal erosion and control of effluents from small-scale industry. The national, regional and international Smart Partnership Dialogue Programme brings government leaders, private sector, media, labour and civil society together in an informal and interactive environment to co-operate in studying social and business issues and developing improved means for the management of the macroeconomic environment throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. This has emerged as the flagship programme of CPTM, enjoying unprecedented support from Heads of Government, the private sector and labour organisations.

Commonwealth Relations Trust

c/o Nuffield Foundation, 28 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JS, UK Tel: +44 20 7631 0566 Fax: +44 20 7323 4877 Email: [email protected] Commonwealth Relations Trust supports links between the UK and other Commonwealth countries. Its income is currently supporting a joint programme with the Nuffield Foundation, a charitable trust which supports research, innovation and development, and sets up and runs some projects itself, notably in curriculum development. Foundation: 1937 Officers: Nuffield Commonwealth Programme Co-ordinator: Sarah Lock

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC)

c/o Association of Commonwealth Universities, Woburn House, 20­24 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HF, UK Tel: +44 20 7380 6700 Fax: +44 20 7387 2655 Email: [email protected] The CSC is responsible for managing the United Kingdom's contribution to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP). Since its establishment by Act of Parliament in 1959, more than 15,000 Commonwealth citizens have held awards in the UK. In the UK, awards are funded by the Department for International Development (for developing Commonwealth countries) and Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills and UK universities (for developed Commonwealth countries). The Commission's secretariat is provided by the Association of Commonwealth Universities; financial and welfare

Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit (CPSU)

2nd Floor, South Block, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, UK Tel: +44 20 7862 8823 Fax: +44 20 7862 8820 Email: [email protected] The CPSU is an independent think-tank. It is formally accredited to the Commonwealth and enjoys a close working relationship with the Commonwealth Secretariat. The CPSU is the only think-tank dedicated specifically to the needs of the Commonwealth and its member states. The CPSU's mission is to work for better policy formation across the Commonwealth, through research, dialogue and the formulation,

Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA)

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support for scholars is provided by the British Council. Foundation: 1959 Activities: The Commission makes available seven types of award: taught Masters'; PhD research; Shared Scholarships (Master's awards selected and jointly funded by universities); Academic Fellowships for staff serving in developing country universities; Split-site Scholarships for PhD students to spend up to one year in the UK; Professional Fellowships for mid-career professionals in developing countries; and Distance Learning Scholarships for developing country students to study Master's degree courses. The CSC also nominates UK students to study overseas in other Commonwealth countries as part of the CSFP.

The Commonwealth Society for the Deaf (Sound Seekers)

34 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0RE, UK Tel: +44 20 7233 5700 Fax: +44 20 7233 5800 Email: [email protected] Charity Registration No. 1013870 Sound Seekers' aim is to work towards alleviating deafness and hearing loss in developing Commonwealth countries. Foundation: 1959 Officers: Chair: John Fincham; Vice-Chair: Peggy Chalmers; Treasurer: W T Fraser-Allen; Chief Executive: Gary Williams Activities: Works in partnership with host governments and key NGOs to develop hospitalbased audiology services and community outreach services via a mobile HARK! (hearing assessment, treatment and research clinic). Targets children who live in areas where access to screening of hearing is difficult or nonexistent. Trains key personnel in-country to conduct hearing assessments, fit hearing aids, advise on ear care and to look after and maintain equipment, and send recycled hearing aids and audiology equipment where it is needed.

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

c/o Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom, Association of Commonwealth Universities, Woburn House, 20­24 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HF, UK Tel: +44 20 7380 6700 Fax: +44 20 7387 2655 Email: [email protected] The CSFP is an international programme under which Commonwealth governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. The Plan's inception was at the first Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers in 1959 and it is reviewed by ministers at their triennial meetings ­ the only scholarship scheme in the world to receive such high-level recognition. Since then, over 25,000 individuals have held awards, hosted by more than 20 countries. The CSFP is one of the primary mechanisms of pan-Commonwealth exchange. Foundation: 1959 Activities: There is no central body that manages the CSFP. Instead, participation is based on a series of bilateral arrangements between home and host countries. The participation of each country is organised by a national nominating agency, which is responsible for advertising awards applicable to their own country and making nominations to host countries. In the UK, which is the biggest contributor to the Plan, this process is managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom.

the centre of continuous and extensive international communications development programmes, providing funding, co-operation and assistance. Over the last two decades alone, the organisation has delivered to its members more than 3,500 bilateral and multilateral ICT capacitybuilding projects through policy, regulatory and operational expert assistance and training programmes. With some 350 ICT experts assigned to provide technical and operational assistance to around 1,600 professionals each year, the CTO aims to offer the most comprehensive ICT programmes for capacity development and knowledge-sharing. In addition, the CTO actively promotes partnerships between governments, businesses and other organisations to accelerate poverty reduction and fulfil the global development agenda for ICT in education, agriculture, health, e-government and ecommerce. In the last two decades, the CTO has offered training and expert assistance to some 35,000 ICT professionals in member countries. Every day around the world, CTO delivers more than 120 hours' worth of expertise and training to its members and partners involved in developing, deploying, using or promoting ICT in some form. This support covers: national and regional ICT development programmes; training and capacitybuilding in policy, regulation, technology and business development; research, advisory and consultancy services; international and regional conferences and seminars; public­private partnerships and interactions; country and organisation specific ICT events; research; and information and publication services. In addition the CTO carries out research on topical areas such as local content and rural connectivity, provides members and donors consultancy services using its extensive pool of expertise and also holds conferences and international forums across the globe. Publications: CTO World (4 p.a.); Annual Report; research reports

Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO)

64­66 Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith, London W6 0LR, UK Tel: +44 208 600 3800 Fax: +44 208 600 3819 Email: [email protected] The CTO is an international development partnership between Commonwealth governments, non-Commonwealth countries, businesses and civil society organisations. It provides the international community with effective means to help bridge the digital divide and achieve social and economic development, by delivering to member organisations unique knowledge-sharing programmes in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the specific areas of telecommunications, IT, broadcasting and the internet. Foundation: 1901

Commonwealth Universities Study Abroad Consortium (CUSAC)

Association of Commonwealth Universities, Woburn House, 20­24 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HF, UK Tel: +44 20 7380 6700 Fax: +44 20 7387 2655 Email: [email protected] The Consortium aims to bring together likeminded universities to find ways of increasing mobility across Commonwealth countries at minimal cost in a spirit of reciprocity and mutual exchange. There are currently about 65 members from 21 Commonwealth countries and five regions. Foundation: 1993 Officers: The Executive Committee has representatives elected from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and Europe. The ACU provides

Commonwealth Secretariat

Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX, UK Tel: +44 20 7747 6385 Fax: +44 20 7930 0827 (See profile of the Commonwealth Secretariat in the `Official Commonwealth Organisations' section of this publication.)

Officers: Chief Executive Officer: Dr Ekwow SpioGarbrah; Director, Programme and Business Development: Bashir Patel; Corporate Secretary/Senior Manager Programmes: Lasantha De Alwis. A chairperson and two vice-chairpersons are elected by the Full Member countries who along with two other members appointed by the membership and the CEO constitute the Executive Committee. Activities: Since its creation in 1901, the CTO and its predecessor organisations have been at

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the secretariat for CUSAC. Contact persons at the ACU are John Kirkland, Secretary CUSAC; and Julie Stackhouse, Assistant Secretary CUSAC. Activities: Student and staff exchange. Through the bilateral linkages of its members, CUSAC extends the benefits of studying abroad to a wider group of students across the Commonwealth. As an umbrella organisation, it enables its members to share and access information through networking and benchmarking events as well as electronically. It also administers a bursary programme aimed at assisting student exchanges between member universities.

Tel: +44 20 7498 6151 Fax: +44 20 7622 4365 Email: [email protected] CYEC is a youth development charity, working to enable young people to become active global citizens through sharing lives, developing friendships, exchanging ideas and working together. CYEC promotes contact between local groups of young people aged 15­25 in the UK and other Commonwealth countries through youth-led, two-way educational exchange visits. Each year it supports more than 1,000 young people on exchange visits with Commonwealth countries. Alongside this programme, CYEC also promotes skills exchange, youth organisation capacity-building and interchange, and platforms for young people's voice in the Commonwealth. CYEC facilitates the biennial Commonwealth Youth Forum, held to coincide with CHOGM. Foundation: 1970 Officers: Chair: Lord Hameed CBE; Chief Executive: Vic Craggs OBE

Commonwealth with a unique opportunity to gather together in a forum of their own to exchange information and express views on matters of common concern. (Note: speakers, or presiding officers, are the members of parliament who chair parliamentary proceedings; they must be above party concerns in their duties as chairs, and expert interpreters of the rules of procedure by which their parliaments operate.) Foundation: 1969 Contact: Eric Janse, Secretary to the Standing Committee

Commonwealth Veterinary Association (CVA)

123, 7th B Main Road, 4th Block (West), Jayangar, Bangalore 560 011, India Tel/Fax: +91 80 663 5210 Email: [email protected] The CVA promotes the veterinary profession within the Commonwealth by encouraging the highest professional standards of education, ethics and service. It promotes the creation of national veterinary associations and statutory bodies to regulate veterinary science in any Commonwealth member country where they do not exist. Its membership now includes the national associations of 52 countries and one associate member (Secretariat of the Pacific Community). Foundation: 1967 Officers: President: Dr Richard Suu-Ire (Ghana); Secretary: Dr S Abdul Rahman (India); Treasurer: Dr W J Pryor (Australia); Past President: Dr Bert Stevenson (Canada); Programme Director: Dr Bob McCracken (UK)

The Council of Commonwealth Societies (CCS)

c/o The Royal Commonwealth Society, 25 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AP, UK Tel: +44 20 7766 9200 Fax: +44 20 7930 9705 Email: [email protected] The CCS (formerly the Joint Commonwealth Societies' Council), through the Royal Commonwealth Society, promotes Commonwealth Day and its theme in the UK and internationally, and organises the annual Commonwealth Day observance held at Westminster Abbey in London. It produces associated educational resources for schools, diplomatic missions and community groups across the Commonwealth. The CCS has a membership which comprises UK-based Commonwealth organisations and additional partner members including the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Commonwealth high commissions. Foundation: 1947 Officers: Chair: Lord Watson of Richmond CBE; Vice-Chair: vacant; Secretary: Chi Kavindele

Conference of Commonwealth Meteorologists (CCM)

c/o International Relations, Met Office, FitzRoy Road, Exeter, Devon EX1 3PB, UK Tel: +44 1392 886 784 Fax: +44 1392 885 681 Email: [email protected] The Conference of Commonwealth Meteorologists is both a convening and an informal network of the heads of Commonwealth national meteorological and hydrological services (NMHSs). The CCM, which was first established in 1929, gives directors the opportunity to discuss and resolve issues of mutual concern. The aim of the CCM is to enhance the benefits of meteorology to society through increased cooperation between NMHSs, governments and other organisations including the private sector. Through their expertise in various fields related to weather, water and climate and their capabilities (including round-the-clock operations) CCM members play a significant role in the safety of life and properties and in providing expert information on the science of climate change and its impacts. The CCM was formally accredited as an Associated Organisation of the Commonwealth in September 2005.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

2 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 7DX, UK Tel: +44 1628 634221 Fax: +44 1628 771208 Email: [email protected] The Commission marks and maintains graves, builds memorials and keeps records of Commonwealth service men and women who died in the First and Second World Wars. Foundation: 1917 (as the Imperial War Graves Commission) Officers: President: The Duke of Kent; Chair: The Secretary of State for Defence in the UK; ViceChair: Admiral Sir Ian Garnett KCB; DirectorGeneral and Secretary to the Commission: Richard Kellaway

Council for Education in the Commonwealth (CEC)

Commonwealth House, 7 Lion Yard, Tremadoc Road, London SW4 7NQ, UK Tel: +44 1277 212357 Fax: +44 1277 212357 Email: [email protected] The Council is a UK Parliament-based nongovernmental organisation in London, and provides a forum for activating interest in and support for education in the Commonwealth. It seeks to mobilise opinion and action in the UK and elsewhere on behalf of Commonwealth education co-operation. Membership is open to individuals and organisations. All Commonwealth high commissioners accredited to London are honorary members. Foundation: 1959 Officers: Executive Chair: Valerie Davey; Deputy Executive Chairs: Roselle Antloine, John Oxenham; Secretary: Kees Maxey; Honorary Treasurer: Richard Mawditt. The Council also has three parliamentary chairs (Tim Boswell MP, Simon

Conference of Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers

5th Floor, 131 Queen Street, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6, Canada Tel: +1 613 993 0330 Fax: +1 613 995 0212 Email: [email protected] The Conference provides speakers and presiding officers of national parliaments in the

Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council (CYEC)

7 Lion Yard, Tremadoc Road, Clapham, London SW4 7NQ, UK


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Hughes MP and Sally Keeble MP), and three patrons (Lord Judd, Lord McNally and one vacancy). Activities: An annual Gladwyn lecture by an eminent expert on an educational topic of relevance to the Commonwealth. Three or four other meetings on educational issues are held each year. The Council lobbies both the British Government and the Commonwealth regarding the importance of education for the children and people of the Commonwealth. It issues two to three Commonwealth Education News per year. These and other documents are made available through the Council's website, which is regularly updated.

newspaper houses. These conferences enabled key newspaper figures to plan and enact key media strategy across the ever-growing empire. In 1950, in tune with the changing times and the formation of the new Commonwealth from the ashes of empire, the organisation's name was changed to the Commonwealth Press Union and a new charter was devised. The mission of this new organisation was to safeguard the interests of the Commonwealth press, train journalists and provide a networking opportunity every three or four years in the form of an international conference. The membership of this new organisation was institutional rather than individual with, at its height, more than 1,500 newspaper houses or individual newspapers across the new Commonwealth. Over the years the CPU trained thousands of journalists in almost every country or region of the Commonwealth, and established a solid reputation for defending the freedom of the Commonwealth press and organising successful and high profile conferences every two or four years. As funding became increasingly difficult to secure for training and related projects, it became apparent that the organisation could no longer continue in its past form. Sadly, the decision was taken to close down in December 2008 after 99 years. However, it is intended that the new CPU Media Trust will provide a `virtual' successor to the old organisation, taking forward its aims and aspirations to support the twenty-first century's media.

Foundation: 1949 Officers: Director: Professor Philip Murphy; Administrative Manager: Alison Stewart Activities: The Institute provides a forum for teachers, researchers and graduate students with Commonwealth research interests, providing seminars, conferences and symposiums (see website for details), library facilities and academic advice. It registers students for doctoral research, and for the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights. It also provides a base for the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit (CPSU) and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and for a variety of externally funded research projects, and it hosts every year a number of visiting research fellows from other universities and institutions.

CPU Media Trust

The Trust is a `virtual' organisation with no physical office. Initial contact is via: Email: [email protected] Foundation: June 2009 Officers: Guy Black, Executive Director of The Telegraph Media Group, chairs the Board of Trustees. The other seven trustees are all key media figures with wide-reaching and longstanding involvement in the Commonwealth media. A consultant, Lindsay Ross, who was formerly the Executive Director of the Commonwealth Press Union, assists them. The Board meets quarterly. Aims: The CPU Media Trust is pledged to uphold and defend the freedom, interests and welfare of the media in Commonwealth countries and is committed to a professional, ethical and effective media across the Commonwealth. It will actively promote the highest professional and ethical standards, and will monitor and oppose any measures designed to affect the freedom of the media and of journalists in any member state of the Commonwealth. Its primary concerns are supporting media freedom and media rights, the training of journalists in the skills necessary for them to enable their work, and a thorough understanding of media law and the establishment and support of self-regulatory bodies throughout the Commonwealth. History: The CPU Media Trust was established in June 2009, following the closure of the Commonwealth Press Union in December 2008. The origins of the CPU go back to the early part of the twentieth century when Sir Harry Brittain ­ an eminent journalist and politician ­ working with the great press barons of the time, organised the first Imperial Press Conference, a week-long countrywide event that began in London on 9 June 1909. At the end of the Conference, it was unanimously agreed to create the Empire Press Union, which would act as a networking organisation for the press of the empire and dominions. Over the next 41 years, the organisation organised regular conferences across the empire with delegates drawn from the proprietors and senior editors of the various

League for the Exchange of Commonwealth Teachers (LECT)

60 Queens Road, Reading RG1 4BS, UK Tel: +44 118 902 1171 Mobile: +44 7826 863246 Fax: +44 118 902 1442 Email: [email protected] LECT's mission is to support teachers and promote excellence in education throughout the Commonwealth through developing, promoting and supporting international educator exchanges and study visits; international collaboration and linking; information sharing and support; sharing experience, and good practice; and enhancement of the professional status of teachers. Foundation: 1901 Officers: Chair: Mike Nichol OBE; Director: Anna Tomlinson

The English-Speaking Union (ESU)

Dartmouth House, 37 Charles St, London W1J 5ED, UK Tel: +44 20 7529 1550 Fax: +44 20 7495 6108 Email: [email protected] ESU promotes international understanding and human achievement through the widening use of the English language throughout the world. It has active groups in over 50 countries. Foundation: 1918 Officers: Chair: Lord Hunt of Wirral MBE PC; Director-General: Mike Lake CBE

The Round Table: Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs

School of Law, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim BT37 0QB, UK Tel: +44 28 9036 8876 Fax: +44 28 9036 6847 Email: [email protected] (Secretary/Treasurer) 4 Gerard Place, Oxford OX4 3HD, UK Tel: +44 1865 774 362 Fax: +44 1865 355 035 Email: [email protected], The Round Table provides analysis and commentary on all aspects of international affairs. The journal is a major source for coverage of the policy issues concerning the contemporary Commonwealth, with occasional articles on themes of historical interest. As part of its centenary celebrations, it will be organising a number of commemorative events, including seminars, book launches and conferences around the Commonwealth during 2010. Foundation: 1910

Institute of Commonwealth Studies

School of Advanced Study, University of London, 2nd Floor, South Block, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, UK Tel: +44 20 7862 8825 Fax: +44 20 7862 8813 Email: [email protected] The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is the only postgraduate academic institution in the UK devoted to the study of the history and politics of the Commonwealth and of Commonwealth countries.

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Officers: Chair: Richard Bourne; Editor: Venkat Iyer; Book Reviews Editor: Terry Barringer; Secretary/Treasurer: Alex May Activities: As well as producing the journal, the editorial board organises occasional seminars, conferences and meetings on themes of Commonwealth interest.

Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC)

Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh EH28 8NF, UK Tel: +44 131 335 6200 Fax: +44 131 335 6229 Email: [email protected] The RASC is a network of national and regional agricultural show societies working together for the advancement of agriculture and the rural scene through holding shows, demonstrations, farm visits, discussion groups and conferences for the benefit of Commonwealth farmers, especially in developing areas. Foundation: 1957 Officers: President: The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT; Chair: Lord Vestey DL; Honorary Secretary: William H Yarr OBE; Honorary Press Secretary: Philip Bolam LVO; Honorary Treasurer: Michael Lambert

The RCS is an international educational charity working to engage people in the modern Commonwealth through a range of debates, youth projects and educational activities. Founded in 1868, its home is the Commonwealth Club, a contemporary members' club and events venue in the heart of London. The RCS has some 5,000 members in the UK and a presence in over 40 Commonwealth countries through a network of branches and societies. Incorporated under Royal Charter, the Patron of the RCS is Queen Elizabeth II. Foundation: 1868 Officers: President: Baroness Prashar CBE; Chair: Peter Kellner; Director: Dr Danny Sriskandarajah Activities: With a remit to promote international understanding across the Commonwealth, especially among young people, the RCS boasts an impressive portfolio of charitable activities. The Young Commonwealth Competitions encourage thousands of young people to respond to global challenges through annual creative writing, film and photographic awards. The Nkabom Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme unites 18- to 25-year-olds from across the globe in a different Commonwealth location every two years and alumni join an international, proactive network of emerging leaders. Commonwealth Youth Summits give school children across the UK a chance to learn about international issues in an interactive and meaningful forum. Playing the roles of leaders, foreign ministers or journalists, they enact a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and have the opportunity to put their views to senior members of the Commonwealth and UK Government. The RCS hosts regular art exhibitions, highlighting the work of emerging artists from around the world. It runs public engagement projects, including most recently the Commonwealth Conversation, a global public consultation on the future of the Commonwealth. The RCS also runs series of public debates on topics of Commonwealth and international interest with high-profile speakers, including in 2009, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir Mohamad; former President of South Africa, F W de Klerk; President Mohamed Nasheed of Maldives; and Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai. In March of each year, the RCS organises the Commonwealth Day Observance held at Westminster Abbey in London and attended by HM The Queen and in December, hosts the Commonwealth Carol Service in St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square. The home of the RCS, the Commonwealth Club, acts as a centre for the exchange of ideas and a leading London venue for discussing subjects of Commonwealth interest. Members range from long-serving diplomats interested in international affairs to young professionals looking for a stylish central London location to work, relax and meet like-minded people. The Club's versatile facilities can also be hired by non-members and all profits go towards funding the Society's charitable activities.

Publications: The RCS publishes a magazine, RCS Exchange, three times a year. This contains details of upcoming events, membership information, news about the Society's charitable projects, interviews and comment pieces on topics of Commonwealth interest. A monthly e-newsletter is also sent to members and a wider network of people interested in RCS events. An engaging website features sections on the Commonwealth Club, the Membership, the Society and its Youth work. An Annual Review is published in March and offers an overview of the year's activities. Occasional one-off publications are produced, including most recently a book to mark the 60th anniversary year of the Commonwealth: The Commonwealth at 60: Past, Present and Future. Individual projects, including the Young Commonwealth Competitions and Commonwealth Youth Summits produce their own publications and resources.

Royal Over-Seas League

Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James's Street, London SW1A 1LR, UK Tel: +44 20 7408 0214 Fax: +44 20 7499 6738 Email: [email protected] The Royal Over-Seas League is a self-funded Commonwealth organisation incorporated by Royal Charter which offers residential clubhouse, conference and private dining facilities in London and Edinburgh, organises Commonwealth art exhibitions and an annual music competition, and develops joint welfare projects with specific countries. Full membership is open to men and women who are citizens of Commonwealth countries; affiliated membership is open to citizens of other countries. Foundation: 1910 Officers: Patron: Queen Elizabeth II; Vice-Patron: Princess Alexandra; President: Lord Luce KG GCVO DL; Chairman: Stanley Martin CVO; Honorary Treasurer: Simon Ward FCA; Director-General: Robert Newell LVO

Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL)

Haig House, 199 Borough High Street, London SE1 1AA, UK Tel: +44 20 3207 2413 Email: [email protected] RCEL provides financial assistance to Commonwealth veterans in need who served the Crown and who are resident outside the UK. In 2003 it became the Royal Commonwealth ExServices League by order of Queen Elizabeth II. Foundation: 1921 (as the Empire Service League) Officers: Grand President: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG KT; Deputy Grand President: General Sir Sam Cowan KCB CBE; SecretaryGeneral: Colonel Paul Davis CBE

Sightsavers (The Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind)

Grosvenor Hall, Bolnore Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 4BX, UK Tel: +44 1444 446 600 Fax: +44 1444 446 688 Email: [email protected] Sightsavers is the UK's leading charity working in the developing world to prevent and cure blindness, and to promote and support the social inclusion of blind children and adults. Foundation: 1950 Officers: Chair of the Trustees: Lord Crisp of Eaglescliffe; Chief Executive: Dr Caroline Harper OBE Activities: Since its foundation, Sightsavers has treated over 206.8 million people for blinding and

The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS)

25 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AP, UK Tel: +44 20 7930 6733 Fax: +44 20 7930 9705 Email: [email protected] Library: Photo collection:


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potentially blinding conditions and restored sight to more than 7.1 million people. It works with local partner organisations, and places emphasis on developing sustainable programmes. It currently operates in more than 30 developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

Standing Committee on Commonwealth Forestry

231 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh EH12 7AT, UK Tel: +44 131 314 6405 Fax: +44 131 316 4344 Email: [email protected] (Standing Committee:) [email protected] (Forestry Commission website:) (Commonwealth Forestry Conference website:) This body provides the secretariat for the Standing Committee on Commonwealth Forestry Conferences, providing continuity for forest services from across the Commonwealth to meet and work together on the planning and organising of Commonwealth Conferences. The next CFC takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2010, from 28 June to 2 July, on the theme of `Restoring the Commonwealth's Forests: Tackling Climate Change'. Foundation: 1923 Officers: Chair: Tim Rollinson; Secretaries: Libby Jones and Jonathan Taylor

Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship

Victoria League House, 55 Leinster Square, London W2 4PW, UK Tel: +44 20 7243 2633 Fax: +44 20 7229 2994 Email: [email protected] The Victoria League promotes friendship and understanding among the people of the Commonwealth. Foundation: 1901 Officers: Chair: Lyn Hopkins BSc MBA FCA ASIP; General Secretary: J M W Allan Activities: The League aims to welcome and assist all members and visitors from every part of the Commonwealth, giving hospitality, organising events and issuing a diary of events. It also provides hostel accommodation for Commonwealth students and engages in fundraising activities.

Soroptimist International Commonwealth Group

Headquarters Office, 87 Glisson Road, Cambridge CB1 2HG, UK Tel: +44 1223 311 833 Fax: +44 1223 467 951 Email: [email protected] Soroptimist International (SI) is the umbrella organisation of the four individual Federations of Soroptimist Clubs, spanning 123 countries/territories, including 33 Commonwealth countries. It is a worldwide organisation for women in management and professions working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. SI established a Commonwealth Group in 1998. Officers: International President 2009­2011: Hanne Jensbo; Treasurer 2009­2011: Carolyn Hudson; Immediate Past International President 2009­2011: Margaret Lobo; Executive Officer: Rosie Coutts

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