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

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

African Finance and Economics Association

AFEA 1988 Memphis TN USA G

African Forestry and Wildlife Commission

AFWC 1959 Accra Ghana E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

African Foundation for Urban Management

Dakar Senegal G f Foundations

African Fund for Guarantee and Economic Cooperation

1977 Cotonou Benin F gf Funds, IGOs

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 Institutes

African Institute for Capacity Development

AICAD 2000 Nairobi Kenya G j Institutes

African Institute for Economic and Social Development - African Training Centre

1977 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire E j Institutes, UNESCO Bodies

African Institute for Policy Analysis and Economic Integration

AIPA 1992 Cape Town South Africa N j Institutes

African Institute of Corporate Citizenship

AICC Lilongwe Malawi G j Institutes

African Institute of Management Science

AIMS 2001 Accra Ghana G j Institutes

African Investment Bank

AIB Addis Ababa Ethiopia J gp Banks, IGOs

African Islamic Organization on Population and Development

2005 Kaolack Senegal F

African King Foundation

Newark NJ USA N f Foundations

African Labour Sports Organisation

ALSO Yaoundé Cameroon D

African Management Development Institutes Network

AMDIN 2002 Pretoria South Africa D

African Management Services Company

AMSCO 1989 Craighall South Africa F egy Corporations, Companies, International Federations, IGOs

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 UNESCO Bodies

African Population and Health Research Center

APHRC 1995 Nairobi Kenya E

African Population Conference

S c Conference Series

African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

AVCA London UK D y International Federations

African Promise Foundation

Maple Valley WA USA G f Humanitarian Organizations, Foundations

African Regional Centre of Technology

ARCT 1977 Dakar Senegal E g IGOs

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

AFRA T g Treaties, IGOs

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 Reinsurance Corporation

AFRICA RE 1976 Lagos Nigeria F gye Corporations, Companies, International Federations, IGOs

African Relief in Action

ARIA International 1995 Houston TX USA G

African Rights Initiative International

ARII 2007 Madina Ghana G Human Rights Organizations

African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association

AFRACA 1977 Nairobi Kenya D

African Securities Exchanges Association

ASEA 1993 Nairobi Kenya D y International Federations

African Sex Workers Alliance

ASWA 2009 D

African Solutions to African Problems

ASAP 2003 Cape Town South Africa G

African Sport Management Association

ASMA 2010 Nairobi Kenya D

African University for Cooperative Development

AUCD 1967 Cotonou Benin F g Institutes, IGOs

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