AREAS OF WORK - THE FOUR PILLARS
The Institute assists member states in their efforts to develop and sustain free and democratic societies based on the principles which their leaders have adopted. This entails:
- Providing information about policy options to policy makers in Government, in civil society and the private sector.
- High quality policy analyses.
- Recommendations that are of practical and lasting value to member states.
The Institute seeks to promote the capacity of Commonwealth nations to implement sustainable development policies. Further, the Institute looks to assess the impact of international trade and financial systems on the economies of Commonwealth states, and how these can best be harnessed for the benefit of the people belonging to member states. Currently The Institute is investigating whether Islamic finance can contribute to countries which lack large Muslim populations.
The Institute operates as a hub for the dissemination of information and policy initiatives to assist member states in their efforts to improve the lives and well-being of their citizens. Citizens of the Commonwealth comprise one third of the world’s population, the majority of whom live in developing countries. The Institutes focus on issues of concern to member states, such as migration and the environment, has wide-ranging implications for governance. The Institute is currently concerned with the governance and facilities available in megacities.
The Institute aims to position the environment as a central area of concern for itself and the Commonwealth. Many cities across the Commonwealth and the wider world face increasing environmental degradation as unsustainable processes of urbanisation continue unabated. Further, many Commonwealth island states are regarded as the most vulnerable to inundation from sea level rise, these include the Bahamas, Tuvalu and the Maldives. The diverse and challenging environmental risk factors faced across the Commonwealth pose a serious threat to sustainable development. The Institute thus seeks to galvanise Commonwealth political support to challenge these issues.