Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

No Poverty

While global poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 2000, one in ten people in developing regions are still living with their families on less than the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day, and there are millions more who make little more than this daily amount. Significant progress has been made in many countries within Eastern and Southeastern Asia, but up to 42% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa continues to live below the poverty line.

Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making.

Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality. Social protection systems need to be implemented to help alleviate the suffering of disaster-prone countries and provide support in the face of great economic risks. These systems will help strengthen responses by afflicted populations to unexpected economic losses during disasters and will eventually help to end extreme poverty in the most impoverished areas.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity International

VOSH International 1972 Lake Mary FL USA G

Volunteer Service Abroad

VSA 1962 Wellington New Zealand G

Volunteers for Africa

2001 Nairobi Kenya G

Voorburg Group on Service Statistics

1986 Oslo Norway E g

Walk Free Foundation

WFF Nedlands WA Australia G f

War on Want

1952 London UK G f

Waste Free Waters

2011 Klimmen Netherlands G

Watchman International Network

WIN 1996 Lagos Nigeria G

Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor

WSUP 2004 London UK G y

Water and Sanitation Programme

WSP Washington DC USA E g

Water for All Children - Africa

Cotonou Benin N


1981 London UK F

WE Charity

1995 Toronto ON Canada F

We Effect

1968 Stockholm Sweden G


2008 Overijse Belgium F

Welcome Services International

WSI 1954 San Antonio TX USA N

Wellspring International Outreach

WIO 2008 N


WFD 1959 Berlin Germany G

Weltnotwerk der KAB

Cologne Germany G

West Africa Centre for Peace Foundation

WACPF 2008 Accra Ghana G f

West Africa Civil Society Forum


West Africa Civil Society Institute

WACSI Accra Ghana G j

West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use

WASCAL Accra Ghana D g

Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission

WECAFC 1973 Bridgetown Barbados E g

Wherever the Need

WTN 1997 Bath UK G

Whole Child International

2004 Santa Monica CA USA G

Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation

WISE 2006 Hull UK N j

Wings of Hope

WoH 1962 St Louis MO USA G

Winrock International

1985 Little Rock AR USA G

WIRED International

Montara CA USA N

Witness for Peace

WFP 1983 Washington DC USA G

WMO Climate Data Information Referral Service

INFOCLIMA Geneva Switzerland K g

Women Engage for a Common Future

WECF 1994 Utrecht Netherlands F y

Women for Peace, Sweden

WFP 1979 Stockholm Sweden G

Women for Women International

WFWI 1993 Washington DC USA G

Women in Need International

WIN International 2002 New York NY USA G

Women in Need International

Bishop Auckland UK N

Women's Feature Service

WFS 1978 Delhi India F v

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

WILPF 1915 Geneva Switzerland C

Women's International News Gathering Service

WINGS 1986 Denman Is BC Canada G

Women's World Summit Foundation

WWSF 1991 Geneva Switzerland F f

WomenStrong International


World Academy of Art and Science

WAAS 1960 Puducherry India B v

World Agricultural Information Centre

WAICENT 1992 Rome Italy K g

World Agroforestry Centre

ICRAF 1977 Nairobi Kenya E

World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty

WACAP 1997 New York NY USA F

World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples

WAMIP Ahmedabad India J

World Animal Protection

1981 London UK B

World Assemblies of God Relief and Development Agency

WAGRA Springfield MO USA K

World Assist

2008 N