Western Australia has earned an unwanted reputation for its drug problem, writes Jake Elson, 20, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Bunbury in Australia. Education is part of the effort to solve the problem. It’s renowned across the continent for its unbridled summer sunshine, relaxed attitude and world famous Margaret River wineries. Yet lift up that veneer, …

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Barbados has made significant gains since attaining independence in 1966, writes Lyn-Marie Blackman, 29, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Barbados. But with several societal, institutional and governance issues facing the island, where can it go from here? Being a Commonwealth Correspondent has been an enriching and rewarding experience that I would not trade for anything. My …

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A hot debate topic in Africa centres on how the twenty-first century African youth can contribute to the growth of a continent in need of its young people to take it to another level. Alphonse Akouyu, 22, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Cameroon, reports on a conference designed to move #AfricaYouthFwd. The Future Forward partnership between Ashoka …

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As focus is trained on equality and safety for women, Munguongeyo Ivan, 24, a Correspondent from Kampala, Uganda, notes that men are also victims of violence. He argues that advocating for those victims will create equality for all. Traditionally, women were regarded as the most vulnerable of people, due to power relations, cultural attachments, patriarchy …

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The One World Media Special Award is open to media organisations based in a developing country – but interested parties should act now! The Award is for an independent media organisation based in a developing country using media to address social, cultural, political and economic issues. The Award seeks to recognise and encourage outstanding reporting …

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We’re standing on a precipice, a few feet away from diminishing returns due to decades of unsustainable tourism management writes 27-year-old Commonwealth Correspondent Renice Medford from Christ Church, Barbados. Yet, right in front of us is a huge opportunity for tourism profit. Do we go ahead and invest, or take two steps back to find …

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Akwaaba! Ghana is rolling out the red carpet for the descendants of slaves and Africans in the diaspora to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of West African slaves to the USA. Many of their ancestors may have been taken away in chains against their will. But their descendants are returning voluntarily to connect …

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Storytelling has been part of African tradition for many generations. Aïdêè Amba, 23, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Calabar in Nigeria discusses the eye-opening experience of learning why it is important to choose our narrative carefully.   One of the things that has shaped the quality of any work I now put out as a storyteller …

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Responses by leaders across the world to the coronavirus pandemic have ranged from efficient to questionable. As Canadian writer Robin Sharma eloquently put it: “Anyone can lead when the plan is working. The best lead when the plan falls apart.” Munguongeyo Ivan, a 27-year-old Commonwealth Correspondent from Kampala, Uganda, looks at various interventions to a crisis that …

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