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

Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo

VIS 1986 Rome Italy G

Voluntary Service Overseas

VSO 1958 Kingston upon Thames UK G

Volunteer International Christian Service

VICS 1971 Edmonton AB Canada G

Volunteer Service Abroad

VSA 1962 Wellington New Zealand G

Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance

VEGA Washington DC USA G y

Wagon africain de gestion de nouvelles électroniques

Réseau WAGNE 1991 Yaoundé Cameroon K

War Child International

1993 Amsterdam Netherlands F

War on Want

1952 London UK G f

Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies

Wassenaar Arrangement 1996 Vienna Austria F 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 Europe

WE 2004 Brussels Belgium E y

Water for All Children - Africa

Cotonou Benin N

Water Institute of Southern Africa

WISA Midrand South Africa N jv

Water Reuse Europe

WRE 2016 Cranfield UK D


1981 London UK F


2003 Oakville ON Canada N

WAVE Trust - Worldwide Alternatives to Violence

1996 Croydon UK G

WE Charity

1995 Toronto ON Canada F

We Effect

1968 Stockholm Sweden G

We Mean Business

Washington DC USA J y

We Move Europe

WeMove.EU Berlin Germany F

Weather Risk Management Association

WRMA 1999 Washington DC USA C

WEConnect International

Washington DC USA G

Weeden Foundation

WF 1963 N f


2008 Overijse Belgium F


WFD 1959 Berlin Germany G

Weltnotwerk der KAB

Cologne Germany G

West African Association for the Development of Artisanal Fisheries

WADAF 1992 Dakar Senegal D

West African Central Bank

WACB 2000 F gp

West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management

WAIFEM 1996 Lagos Nigeria E gj

West African Insurance Companies Association

WAICA 1973 Accra Ghana D g

West African Management Development Institutes Network

WAMDEVIN 1987 Lagos Nigeria F

West African Monetary Zone

WAMZ 2000 Accra Ghana F g

West African Research and Innovation Management Association

WARIMA 2007 Ibadan Nigeria D

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E

West India Committee

WIC 1735 London UK F v

West-East Bridges Foundation

2011 Amsterdam Netherlands F f

West-Nordic Foundation

1987 Reykjavik Iceland F fg

Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

WCPFC Kolonia Micronesia FS E gy

Western Business and Management Association

WBM 2002 Turlock CA USA N

Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission

WECAFC 1973 Bridgetown Barbados E g

Western Economic Association International

WEA International 1922 Fountain Valley CA USA G

Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council

Honolulu HI USA G g


Brussels Belgium D

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

EMRO 1948 Cairo Egypt E g

Whole Child International

2004 Santa Monica CA USA G

Widows Rights International

WRI 1996 G

Wiener Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsvergleiche

WIIW 1973 Vienna Austria G j

WikiRate Project

2013 F