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

Advertising Business Group

ABG 1991 Dubai United Arab Emirates E

Advocates for International Development

A4ID London UK G

Affordable Medicines for Africa

AMFA Houghton South Africa G

Aflatoun International

2005 Amsterdam Netherlands C

Africa 2000

2004 London UK G

Africa 2000 Plus Network, Harare

1989 Harare Zimbabwe F

Africa Action

2001 Washington DC USA G

Africa Asia Development Relief Foundation

ADRF 1994 Seoul Korea Rep G f Foundations

Africa Association, Hamburg

1934 Hamburg Germany G

Africa Continent Care for Migration

ACCM 2013 Rabat Morocco G

Africa Cooperative Action Trust - International

ACAT International 1979 Mbabane Eswatini F

Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund

AECF Nairobi Kenya F f Funds, Funds

Africa Humanitarian Action

AHA 1994 Addis Ababa Ethiopia G Humanitarian Organizations

Africa Leadership Forum

ALF 1988 Ota Nigeria F

Africa Network for Animal Welfare

ANAW Nairobi Kenya F

Africa Nomads Conservation

ANC Nairobi Kenya G

Africa Platform for Social Protection

APSP Nairobi Kenya F

Africa Regional Centre for Information Science

ARCIS 1990 Ibadan Nigeria E

African and Caribbean Diversity

ACD 1990 London UK G

African Action on AIDS

AAA 1990 New York NY USA G

African Agribusiness Incubators Network

AAIN Accra Ghana G

African Agricultural Economics Education Network

AAEEN Nairobi Kenya F

African Alliance for Women Empowerment

AFRAWE Cairo Egypt N

African Association for a Unified System of Business Laws

UNIDA Paris France D

African Association for Public Administration and Management

AAPAM 1962 Nairobi Kenya D y International Federations

African Association of Generic Essential Drugs Purchasing Centres

1996 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso D

African Black Diaspora Global Network

ABDGN Toronto ON Canada F

African Books Collective

ABC 1989 Oxford UK F y International Federations

African Business Roundtable

ABR 1990 Abuja Nigeria F

African Center for Economic Transformation

ACET 2008 Accra Ghana E

African Central Bank

Addis Ababa Ethiopia K gp Banks, IGOs

African Centre for Advanced Studies in Management

1983 Dakar Senegal E g IGOs

African Centre for Economic Growth

ACEG 1993 Nairobi Kenya E

African Centre for Empowerment and Gender Advocacy

Nairobi Kenya G

African Centre for Migration and Society

ACMS Witwatersrand South Africa G

African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes

ACCORD 1992 Mount Edgecombe South Africa G

African Coalition for Corporate Accountability

ACCA 2013 Pretoria South Africa D y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

African Commission on Agricultural Statistics

AFCAS 1961 Accra Ghana E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

ACERWC 2001 Addis Ababa Ethiopia E g Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

African Computer and Technology Literacy Awareness Program Charity

ACTLAP Charity 1995 Mississauga ON Canada G

African Confederation of Cooperative Savings and Credit Associations

ACCOSCA 1968 Nairobi Kenya D

African Development Aid Association

ADAA 1988 Addis Ababa Ethiopia G Humanitarian Organizations

African Development Bank

ADB 1963 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire F g Banks, IGOs

African Development Bank Group

ADB Group 1964 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire F g IGOs

African Economic Community

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

African Economic Research Consortium

AERC 1988 Nairobi Kenya F y International Federations

African Enterprise

AE 1962 Vancouver BC Canada N

African Entrepreneur Collective

AEC 2012 G

African Export Import Bank

Afreximbank 1993 Cairo Egypt F g Banks, IGOs

African Federation of Women Entrepreneurs

AFWE 1993 Accra Ghana D

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