What is an Accredited Organisation?

A Commonwealth Accredited Organisation is a civil society or a non-governmental organisation engaged in development work that is in line with the values and aspirations which unite the Commonwealth as set out in the Commonwealth Charter | Commonwealth (thecommonwealth.org) An Accredited Organisation is either a formal Commonwealth professional association, trade union, human rights organisation, advocacy group, humanitarian assistance organisation, international or regional organisation.

Charter of the Commonwealth

What are some of the benefits of being an accredited organisation?

  • Visitors’ access to Marlborough House, the headquarters of the Commonwealth in London, including accommodation for small meetings on work of direct relevance to the Commonwealth
  • Access to the Commonwealth Secretariat’s library and Commonwealth information material that is not available on the internet
  • Participation in the consultation processes convened from time to time by the Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Access to official meetings such as Commonwealth Ministerial Meetings and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM)

Who can apply to be an accredited organisation?

Any civil society or non-governmental organisation engaged in development work that is in line with the values and aspirations which unite the Commonwealth as set out in the Commonwealth Charter | Commonwealth (thecommonwealth.org). The organisation must be based in a Commonwealth country. It must have been existent for at least two years and can demonstrate a track record of activity during that period.

Organisations wishing to be accredited to the Commonwealth must meet the following criteria:

  • Commitment to the Commonwealth’s fundamental values and principles
  • Representation of the true diversity of Commonwealth countries
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Open to all Commonwealth members
  • Activity track record

Is there a list of accredited organisations?

Find out more about our family of Accredited Organisations here: Commonwealth organisations – The Commonwealth

To find out more about how to become an Accredited Organisation, please write to [email protected]