Small states

The Commonwealth gives high priority to supporting the integration of small states in the global economy. Our books include ground-breaking research and policy advice on how small states can build their resilience and competitiveness, so they can take advantage of the opportunities and meet the challenges arising from globalisation. 

Series title: Commonwealth Blue Economy Series
Number within series: 1
Publication date: 30 September 2016
Format: Paperback

Island nations have benefited from their ocean resources, with marine uses and activities contributing to their economic development. There is a growing appreciation of the critical role oceans play in sustainable economic growth and the need to manage and protect coastal and marine ecosystems that are the fundamental basis for that growth.

Publication date: 1 April 2016
Format: Paperback

Written by influential researchers and drawing on a wide cross-section of regional stakeholders and thought leaders, the study contains an assessment of the main challenges and opportunities for the Caribbean, scenario modelling of where it could be by 2050, and a vision for the region with sector specific goals of how to get there.

Series title: Small States: Economic Review and Basic Statistics
Number within series: 18
Publication date: 16 November 2015
Format: Paperback

This annual collection of key economic and statistical data is essential reading for economists, planners and policy-makers working on issues of concern to small states. This volume covers overseas development assistance and Post-2015 financing for development in small states; and contains 17 tables covering development indicators.

Publication date: 11 February 2015
Format: Paperback

This book contextualises migration and development to the peculiar vulnerabilities of small states. It includes case studies from small states in Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific that will help policy-makers to embrace migration as an inevitable phenomenon and devise policies that will maximise the benefits from migration at a minimal cost.

Publication date: 8 September 2014
Format: Paperback

This study refines and expands the Commonwealth resilience framework, developed to measure the resilience of small states’ economies to adverse economic shocks, natural disasters and extreme weather events. It proposes policy measures for building resilience, and the areas in which key development partners can provide support.

Series title: Small States: Economic Review and Basic Statistics
Number within series: 17
Publication date: 2 June 2014
Format: Paperback

This unique annual collection of key economic and statistical data on states with fewer than 5 million inhabitants is an essential reference for economists, planners and policy-makers working on issues of concern to small states. Contains 65 tables covering development indicators and an article focusing on the role of data and statistics.

Publication date: 31 March 2014
Format: Paperback

What does the concept ‘green economy’ look like in practice? This book contains case studies from eight small states: Botswana, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Mauritius, Nauru, Samoa and Seychelles. It provides insights into the success of various initiatives and highlights how small states themselves are making practical progress.

Publication date: 29 August 2013
Format: Paperback

How tourism might facilitate inclusive growth in small states. The study provides analysis of the gains achieved by direct and indirect channels and the gaps in data collection. Uses data from Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles, examines land-based and cruise tourism operations and explores how local supply chains could be enhanced.

Publication date: 18 July 2013
Format: Paperback

ICTs can create digital pathways between citizens and governments that are affordable, accessible and widespread. This book aims to strengthen the understanding of policy-makers by outlining the conditions and processes involved in the planning and execution of e-government projects.

Contributor: Matthew Hiebert
Publication date: 28 February 2013
Format: Paperback

This study analyses good practices and gaps in education for sustainable development (ESD) implementation in ten small island states vulnerable to climate change. It provides practical and realistic recommendations on how ESD may be better integrated in education policy and strategy and delivered more comprehensively.