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

Goal 8 is about promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.

Multiple crises are placing the global economy under serious threat. Global real GDP per capita growth is forecast to slow down in 2023 and with ever increasing challenging economic conditions, more workers are turning to informal employment.

Globally, labour productivity has increased and the unemployment rate has decreased. However, more progress is needed to increase employment opportunities, especially for young people, reduce informal employment and labour market inequality (particularly in terms of the gender pay gap), promote safe and secure working environments, and improve access to financial services to ensure sustained and inclusive economic growth.

The global unemployment rate declined significantly in 2022, falling to 5.4 per cent from a peak of 6.6 per cent in 2020 as economies began recovering from the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic. This rate was lower than the pre-pandemic level of 5.5 per cent in 2019.

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


1993 Liebefeld Switzerland G

Verband Entwicklungspolitik und Humanitäre Hilfe e.V.

VENRO 1995 Berlin Germany G y

Verdens Skove

1983 Aarhus Denmark G


2005 Washington DC USA F

VIA Don Bosco

1969 Brussels Belgium E

Vienna Economic Forum

VEF 2004 Vienna Austria F

Vienna NGO Committee on the Family

1985 Vienna Austria E y

Village Enterprise

1987 San Carlos CA USA N f

Village Monde

2010 Québec QC Canada G

Virtus Global Center for Corporate Governance

2014 Sumy Ukraine G

Vision Outreach International

VOI St Joseph MI USA N

VisionFund International

London UK E f

Vital Voices Global Partnership

VVGP 2001 Washington DC USA G

Viva Network

1996 Oxford UK F

VIVAT International

2000 New York NY USA E

Volk in Nood

VIN Tervuren Belgium N

Volontariato Internazionale Donna Educazione Sviluppo

VIDES 1987 Rome Italy F

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

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 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 St Paul MN USA C

WEC International

WEC 1913 Coventry UK F v

WEConnect International

Washington DC USA G

Weeden Foundation

WF 1963 Bedford NY USA N f


2008 Brussels Belgium F

Wellbeing Economy Alliance

WEAll C y


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