Like the Commonwealth itself, the Commonwealth Africa Initiative endeavors to have a global footprint far beyond Marlborough House. Our annual Commonwealth Africa Summit takes place each year since 2014 in London which was only paused due to the pandemic. The March 2020 event was one of the last large scale events to take place in London prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Events take place at the House of Parliament and another venue in London usually on or near Commonwealth Day in March. The 2023 edition of the summit having a slightly altered timeline in reverence to the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III.
Outside of London we maintain bureaus in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and close partnership with organizations in The Gambia. In 2018 we held events in both the Ontario Trade and Investment Centre in Toronto, Canada and in Manhattan during the meeting of the United Nation’s General Assembly. During the COVID-19 pandemic we held a virutal event online in partnership with the Dhaka Forum organized by the Prime Minister’s office of Bangladesh.
In 2022, we resumed live events with our annual event in London and an event held in Banjul the Gambia focused on the enviornment which included a training for faith leaders and enviornmentalists in line with the COP27 vision.
We hope to expand further and are in correspondence with organizations in New Zealand, Canada, and elsewhere.
The Commonwealth Africa Initative has engaged in chairty work and advocacy work where appropriately. An example of the latter was a consultation with a foreign ministry of an African Union member state about its foreign policy directly and relationship to the Commonwealth. An example of the former included an effort from the Commonwealth Africa Initiative to fund and facilitate a trip from a Sierra Leone citizen to India for surgery with a leading foot surgeon.