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Guides: The Commonwealth

Last Updated: Monday March 13 2006 14:51 GMT

Does it do any good?

Rainforest village.
Commonwealth organisations played a leading role in South Africa when opposing apartheid (the separation of white and black people).

Commonwealth observers are often present at elections to make sure they are fair.

Many Commonwealth projects work with communities to help tackle environmental issues.

For example, the Iwokkrama Rainforest Programme in Guyana protects the rainforest and helps local people earn a living too.

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