Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

Decent Work and Economic Growth


Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day with global unemployment rates of 5.7% and having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty in many places. This slow and uneven progress requires us to rethink and retool our economic and social policies aimed at eradicating poverty.

A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress. Even though the average annual growth rate of real GDP per capita worldwide is increasing year on year, there are still many countries in the developing world that are decelerating in their growth rates and moving farther from the 7% growth rate target set for 2030. As labor productivity decreases and unemployment rates rise, standards of living begin to decline due to lower wages.

Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs that stimulate the economy while not harming the environment. Job opportunities and decent working conditions are also required for the whole working age population. There needs to be increased access to financial services to manage incomes, accumulate assets and make productive investments. Increased commitments to trade, banking and agriculture infrastructure will also help increase productivity and reduce unemployment levels in the world’s most impoverished regions.

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

ACCION International

1961 Cambridge MA USA G

Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions

AAOIFI 1990 Manama Bahrain D y International Federations

Adriatic Region Employers' Centre

AREC Geneva Switzerland E

African Association for Public Administration and Management

AAPAM 1962 Nairobi Kenya D y International Federations

African Center for Economic Transformation

ACET 2008 Accra Ghana E

African Centre for Economic Growth

ACEG 1993 Nairobi Kenya E

African Economic Community

AEC 1991 Addis Ababa Ethiopia F g Intergovernmental Communities, Common Markets and Free Trade Zones, IGOs

African Finance and Economics Association

AFEA 1988 Memphis TN USA G

African Human Resource Confederation

AHRC Kampala Uganda J

African Institute for Applied Economics

AIAE Enugu Nigeria G j Institutes

African Institute of Management Science

AIMS 2001 Accra Ghana G j Institutes

African Investment Bank

Addis Ababa Ethiopia K gp Banks, IGOs

African Labour Sports Organisation

ALSO Yaoundé Cameroon D

African Management Development Institutes Network

AMDIN 2002 Pretoria South Africa D

African Regional Labour Administration Centre, Harare

ARLAC 1974 Harare Zimbabwe E g IGOs

African Regional Labour Administration Centre, Yaoundé

1965 Yaoundé Cameroon E g IGOs

African Sex Workers Alliance

ASWA 2009 D

African Sport Management Association

ASMA 2010 Nairobi Kenya D

American Management Association International

AMA 1923 New York NY USA F Professional Bodies

André Ryckmans Foundation

1961 Waterloo Belgium G f Foundations

Arab Bank

1930 Amman Jordan F e Corporations, Companies, Banks

Arab Bankers Association

1980 London UK D

Arab Centre for Labour Administration and Employment

ACLAE 1993 Tunis Tunisia G Institutes

Arab Committee on Banking Supervision

ACBS 1991 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates E gy International Federations, IGOs

Arab Labour Organization

ALO 1965 Cairo Egypt D g IGOs

Arab Monetary Fund

AMF 1976 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates F gf Funds, IGOs

Arabian Society for Human Resource Management

ASHRM 1991 Dubai United Arab Emirates D

ARMA International

1955 Overland Park KS USA G Professional Bodies

ASEAN Bankers Association

ABA 1976 Singapore Singapore E Professional Bodies

ASEAN Central Bank Forum

ACBF 1997 F g IGOs

ASEAN Confederation of Employers

ACE 1978 Samutprakarn Thailand E

ASEAN Trade Union Council

ATUC Quezon City Philippines E Trade and Labour Unions

ASEAN-EC Management Centre

Gadong Brunei Darussalam G

Asia Economic Community Foundation

AEC Foundation 2008 Incheon Korea Rep N f Foundations

Asia Europe Economic Forum

AEEF 2006 Brussels Belgium F c Conference Series

Asia Pacific Employee Assistance Roundtable

APEAR 2003 Singapore Singapore F

Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management

APFPM 1997 D

Asia Pacific Financial Services Association

APFinSA 1991 Singapore Singapore E

Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants

APMM 1984 Kowloon Hong Kong G

Asia Pacific Network on Integrated Plant Nutrient Management

APIPNM Bangkok Thailand D

Asia Risk Management Institute

ARiMI 2003 Singapore Singapore G j Institutes

Asia-Pacific Economic Association

APEA 2003 Seattle WA USA D

Asia-Pacific Management Accounting Association

APMAA 2004 Toyama City Japan D

Asian Association for Sport Management

AASM 2002 D

Asian Association of Career Management Professionals

AACMP 2001 Singapore Singapore D Professional Bodies

Asian Association of Management Organizations

AAMO 1960 Petaling Jaya Malaysia D

Asian Bankers Association

ABA 1981 Taipei Taiwan E y International Federations

Asian Brotherhood of Clerical Workers

ABCW 1992 Karachi Pakistan D Trade and Labour Unions

Asian Domestic Workers Network

ADWN 2005 Bangkok Thailand E

Asian Domestic Workers' Union

ADWU 2007 J

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