Cyber Crime Initiative

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Network Name The Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative
Number of Members 35

The Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative (CCI) unites 35 international organisations, including Interpol, OAS, Council of Europe (CoE), Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) and ITU, contributing to multidisciplinary programmes in Commonwealth countries. These organisations form the CCI Consortium.

The Commonwealth adds

  • a strong track record in this area. The Commonwealth Model Law on Cybercrime and Harare Scheme for Mutual Assistance are recognised as international, best practice in the field and a viable alternative to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime.
  • value as a “trusted partner”. No agenda beyond assisting the member state, providing unique convening power.
  • endorsements by major players in the fight against cybercrime.
  • an unambiguous mandate of the Commonwealth Heads of Government which provides CCI with unique political buy-in.


Fifty three countries are members of the Commonwealth. Our countries span Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific and are diverse – they are amongst the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries. Thirty-one of our members are classified as small states – countries with a population size of 1.5 million people or less and larger member states that share similar characteristics with them.

Leaders of member countries shape Commonwealth policies and priorities. Every two years, they meet to discuss issues affecting the Commonwealth and the wider world at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

Contact information

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7747 6500; Fax: +44 (0) 20 7930 0827