Update for Civil Society Organisations

Welcome to the Commonwealth Foundation’s update for Civil Society Organisations!


This is a pilot email, which I will be using for the next few weeks to keep you up to date with the Commonwealth Foundation and Commonwealth organisation activities. I am hoping to formalise this with a more professional (and colourful!) email in the coming months, perhaps linked with information for wider Commonwealth stakeholders, which will hopefully be circulated once a month.

In the meantime, please let me know if you have anything you would like me to circulate to other organisations. If you do not want to receive this email, please let me know.

Please note: This is information on external opportunities only. For further information, please click on the links below. Do not contact the Commonwealth Foundation of myself for queries on any of these issues, unless otherwise stated.



  • The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation: Cyber Security Forum

 The CTO are holding a Cyber Security Forum in London on the 17th and 18th Junewhich is free for non-profit organisation delegates.

Key Topics:

  The State under threat

  Individuals and children under threat

  Appropriate legal frameworks for Cybersecurity 

  Cybersecurity through International cooperation

  Organisational structures for effective Cybersecurity 

  Technical responses to Cybersecurity

For more information on this event and their Connecting Rural Communities: Africa Forum 2010 to be held in Accra, Ghana on 17thth August, please see their website.

  • The Commonwealth Countries League: Conference on Diabetes

The CCL are holding a one day conference on diabetes in London on the Friday 25thJune 2010 at 9.30am.

Learn about diabetes from professionals, enjoy a healthy eating demo, and enjoy lunch amongst other activities.

For more information, please see 


  • RCS: “Managing migration” a presentation by Andrew Metcalfe, 10.30am 2nd July at the Commonwealth Club

Friday 2nd July 2010, 10:30am – 12:00noon at the Commonwealth Club, 25 Northumberland Ave, WC2N 5AP

The event is open to Royal Commonwealth Society Members and non-members and is FREE to attend. To register for this event go to www.thercs.org/events


  • Commonwealth Countries League Education Fund: A Good Summer Read

A fundraising Bring and Buy book fair in aid of the CCLEF. Saturday 3rd July

35 Elsworthy Road, London NW3 3BT


  • 2010 CAPAM Biennial Conference, Building a Common Future: Global Challenges, Local Responses 

Malta, October 18, 2010

In partnership with the Government of Malta, CAPAM is pleased to announce the 2010 Biennial Conference, Building a Common Future: Global Challenges, Local Reponses, to be held October 18-20, 2010 in Malta.

We live in an interconnected world where social, political, economic and ecological changes are not restricted by national borders. In response to these global forces, Public Service reforms are also interconnected. While there are strong competitive forces between nations, there are also important reasons for collaboration, coordination and sharing. Our interconnected world has a significant impact, both positive and negative, on the discipline and practice of public administration at the local, national, regional, and international levels.

For more information, please see here: http://www.capam.org/events/conferences/

Funding Opportunities

International Planned Parenthood Federation: Call for proposals for Advocacy on Sexual Rights 

The <acronym>Advocacy</acronym> Flexi Fund (AFF) provides small grants to support civil society organizations.

Apply now for up to $10,000 funding for <acronym>advocacy</acronym> work.

Call for applications for <acronym>advocacy</acronym>Declaration of Sexual Rights.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2010.



Resources Available

I have just purchased a dozen books on Fundraising, Finance, Governance and other Organisation Development Issues, which I hope to make available to as many Commonwealth CSOs as possible. This includes copies of:


The Essential Management Set:

       Managing without Profit

       Voluntary but not Amateur

       The Pleasure and the Pain

–    The General Starter Pack:

       Effective Fundraising

       Charitable Status



The Essential Fundraising Set:

       Complete Fundraising Handbook

       Find the Funds

       The Porcupine Principle

       Writing Better Fundraising Applications

The Worldwide Fundraisers Handbook


And Finally:


Congratulations to the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association on their 40thBirthday!


Rose Longhurst

Grants Officer – CAs & Capacity Building

Commonwealth Foundation

+44 (0) 20 7747 6141