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The modern Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 countries, most with historic links to the United Kingdom. This unique association, with roots as far back as the 1870s, established the Commonwealth Secretariat in 1965 to serve as the main intergovernmental agency of the Commonwealth in order to facilitate consultation and co-operation among member governments and countries.

Each year, the Secretariat publishes approximately 30 new titles on a range of topics in which it has particular insight and expertise, especially concerning small states, including:
  • globalisation and multilateral trade issues
  • export and enterprise development
  • education
  • gender
  • public service management and reform
  • law and human rights
The Commonwealth iLibrary was launched in 2014 and as of the end of January 2019, there were more than 1,060 ebook titles, 9,210 chapters and 240 working papers going back to 2004.
Commonwealth iLibrary Features
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  • Links to previous editions with the option to download any full text item such as tables or chapters from the tables of contents
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Commonwealth publications are available to buy through the organization's website. Renouf can supply selected titles that are readily available so please e-mail us a request for a quote.

WTO Reform
Reshaping Global Trade Governance for 21st Century Challenges


ISBN: 978-1-84929-186-6
Publication Year: 2019
Paperback
Pages: 100
Language English

This collection of essays offers timely and expert commentary on some of the challenges confronting the multilateral trading system today, and what reforms could help modernise and strengthen the WTO as the custodian of global trade governance for the twenty-first century. The report is designed to serve as a valuable resource for government officials, trade negotiators, journalists, academics and researchers who are attempting to sort through the complexities of the organisation and the role they can play in supporting a fairer more inclusive WTO.

A Guide to Graduating from Least Developed Country Status
The Trade in Global Value Chains Perspective


ISBN: 978-1-84929-183-5
Publication Year 2018
Paperback
Pages: 52
English

There is a need for more focused impact assessments of the potential costs and benefits arising from transitioning from Least Developed Country (LDC) status. This includes a deeper understanding of how LDCs are positioned within global value chains. In view of the fragmented nature of trade and the relative positions of countries within global value chains, the competitiveness challenges arising from the loss of preferential market access must be better identified and targeted. The report provides research methods to analyse the trade-related effects of tariff preference loss as well as, how to integrate private sector consultations and survey methods to take in the perspectives of lead firms and buyers.

Quantifying the Barriers to Services Trade in the Commonwealth
A Focus on Kenya and Rwanda


ISBN: 978-1-84929-185-9
Publication Year 2019
Paperback
English
Pages: 94

The report focuses on addressing policy barriers within services sectors in Kenya and Rwanda, including commercial banking, distribution and road transportation, which are key enablers of trade. Our findings suggest many policy barriers are crosscutting issues, rather than sector specific. Moreover, there is a degree of regulatory convergence with other Commonwealth countries included in the OECD's trade restrictiveness database, which helps to reduce trade costs.

Gender Equality in the Commonwealth
Volume 1, 2017/18


ISBN: 978-1-84929-184-2
Publication Year 2019
Paperback
Pages: 186
English

This report documents progress made by the Commonwealth's 53 member countries in promoting gender equality and women's empowerment. In doing so, it records Commonwealth countries' performances on available indicators covering the four themes adopted as priorities for Gender Equality 2017-2020 and beyond, endorsed by the 11th Commonwealth Women's Affairs Ministers at their 2016 meeting hosted by the Government of Samoa.

Tackling Corruption in Commonwealth Africa
Case Studies of Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Rwanda and Seychelles


ISBN: 978-1-84929-182-8
Publication Year 2018
Paperback
English
Pages: 152

The five countries featured in this book - Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Rwanda and Seychelles - were selected because of their relatively strong scores on Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index, or because they had registered a significant improvement in their scores over the previous decade. These countries, while continuing to experience challenges arising from corruption have made significant progress.

Small States: Economic Review and Basic Statistics, Volume 20

ISBN: 978-1-84929-177-4
Publication Year 2018
Paperback
English
Pages: 120

Small States: Economic Review and Basic Statistics is a flagship publication of the Commonwealth Secretariat highlighting the development indicators of small states and disseminating knowledge on their economic performance. This milestone 20th volume looks back at the progress of small states over the past 25 years. It also takes stock of the Commonwealth Secretariat's contribution to the international discourse on small states and the development of the states themselves.

Commonwealth Trade Review 2018
Strengthening the Commonwealth Advantage: Trade, Technology, Governance


ISBN: 978-1-84929-180-4
Publication Year2018
Paperback
English
Pages: 112

Deepening intra-Commonwealth trade and investment - and using these opportunities to empower women and young people as entrepreneurs - can help drive economic growth, create jobs and increase the prosperity of Commonwealth citizens. The theme of Commonwealth Trade Review 2018 is 'Strengthening the Commonwealth Advantage: Trade, Technology, Governance'. This edition presents new empirical findings, rich insights and practical recommendations on how to boost the 'Commonwealth advantage' in trade and investment.