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

African Coalition for Corporate Accountability

ACCA Pretoria South Africa D y

African Commission on Agricultural Statistics

AFCAS 1961 Accra Ghana E g

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

African Development Bank

ADB 1963 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire F g

African Development Bank Group

ADB Group 1964 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire F g

African Economic Community

AEC 1991 Addis Ababa Ethiopia F g

African Economic Research Consortium

AERC 1988 Nairobi Kenya F y

African Enterprise

AE 1962 Vancouver BC Canada N

African Entrepreneur Collective

AEC 2012 G

African Export-Import Bank

Afreximbank 1993 Cairo Egypt F g

African Federation of Women Entrepreneurs

AFWE 1993 Accra Ghana D

African Finance and Economics Association

AFEA 1988 Memphis TN USA G

African Forestry and Wildlife Commission

AFWC 1959 Accra Ghana E g

African Foundation for Urban Management

Dakar Senegal G f

African Fund for Guarantee and Economic Cooperation

1977 Cotonou Benin F fg

African Health Economics and Policy Association

AfHEA 2008 Accra Ghana D

African Highland Initiative Eco-regional Programme

AHI 1995 Kampala Uganda F

African Human Resource Confederation

AHRC Kampala Uganda J

African Initiatives for Relief and Development

AIRD 2006 Kampala Uganda F

African Institute for Applied Economics

AIAE Enugu Nigeria G j

African Institute for Capacity Development

AICAD 2000 Nairobi Kenya G j

African Institute for Policy Analysis and Economic Integration

AIPA 1992 Cape Town South Africa N j

African Institute of Corporate Citizenship

AICC Lilongwe Malawi G j

African Institute of Management Science

AIMS 2001 Accra Ghana G j

African Investment Bank

AIB Addis Ababa Ethiopia J gp

African Islamic Organization on Population and Development

2005 Kaolack Senegal F

African King Foundation

Newark NJ USA N f

African Labour Law Society

ALLS 2017 D

African Labour Sports Organisation

ALSO Yaoundé Cameroon D

African Law Foundation

AFRILAW 2012 Enugu Nigeria G f

African Library and Information Associations and Institutions

AfLIA 2013 Accra Ghana D

African Management Development Institutes Network

AMDIN 2002 Pretoria South Africa D

African Management Services Company

AMSCO 1989 Johannesburg South Africa F egy

African Network for Chemical Analysis of Pesticides

ANCAP 2001 Zanzibar Tanzania UR F

African Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems

AFRICALICS 2012 Nairobi Kenya F

African Network for Environment and Economic Justice

ANEEJ 1995 Benin City Nigeria G

African Network for Support to Women Entrepreneurs

ANSWE 1994 Dakar Senegal F

African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions

ANSTI 1980 Nairobi Kenya F

African Philanthropy Forum

APF 2014 Lagos Nigeria F

African Population and Health Research Center

APHRC 1995 Nairobi Kenya E

African Population Conference

S c

African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

AVCA London UK D y

African Promise Foundation

Maple Valley WA USA G f

African Regional Centre of Technology

ARCT 1977 Dakar Senegal E g

African Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology

AFRA T g

African Regional Labour Administration Centre, Harare

ARLAC 1974 Harare Zimbabwe E g

African Regional Labour Administration Centre, Yaoundé

1965 Yaoundé Cameroon E g

African Reinsurance Corporation

AFRICA RE 1976 Lagos Nigeria F egy

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