This report covers the work of the 53-nation Commonwealth and its principal intergovernmental organisation, the Commonwealth Secretariat, from July 2007 to June 2009. Over these two years, the Secretariat has carried out its mandate of democracy and development in a robust manner. It has delivered expertise to governments and delivered projects with high added value. The report covers all aspects of the Commonwealth Secretariat's work including strengthening democratic systems, economic, public sector and human development, investment in young people, and partnerships with other organisations. It includes a foreword by Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma and is presented to Commonwealth leaders before their biennial summit in Trinidad and Tobago in November 2009.
Foreword Introduction 1. Democracy and Consensus Building Good Offices at work Democracy Human rights Rule of law 2. Economic Development International trade Trade competitiveness Debt management Reform of international institutions Enterprise and agriculture Climate change and sustainable development Maritime boundaries and natural resources 3. Public Sector Development Governance Service delivery Information and communications technologies 4. Human Development Education Health Gender HIV/AIDS 5. Young People Youth empowerment Youth centres 6. Outreach Partnerships Communication 7. Strategic Direction, Management and People Strategic direction of the Secretariat Planning, monitoring and evaluation ICT/financial management Human resources Appendices 1. The Commonwealth and its members 2. Secretariat structure and senior staff 3. Rates of contribution and programme budgets 4. Resource allocations by programme 5. Commonwealth Secretariat partners: 2007-2009 6. Commonwealth Family organisations 7. Commonwealth Secretariat published titles, July 2007- June 2009 Abbreviations The Commonwealth at 60