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

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


African Regional Intellectual Property Organization

ARIPO 1976 Harare Zimbabwe D 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

African Relief in Action

ARIA International 1995 Houston TX USA G

African Rights Initiative International

ARII 2007 Madina Ghana G

African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association

AFRACA 1977 Nairobi Kenya D

African Securities Exchanges Association

ASEA 1993 Nairobi Kenya D y

African Sex Workers Alliance

ASWA 2009 Nairobi Kenya D

African Solutions to African Problems

ASAP 2003 Cape Town South Africa G

African Sport Management Association

ASMA 2010 Nairobi Kenya D

African Tax Administration Forum

ATAF 2009 Pretoria South Africa F

African University for Cooperative Development

AUCD 1967 Cotonou Benin F g

African Venture Philanthropy Alliance


African Women Empowerment Guild

AWEG 1995 Benin City Nigeria G

African Women's Welfare Group

Tottenham UK G

African World Heritage Fund

AWHF 2006 Midrand South Africa F g

African Youth in Philanthropy Network

AYPN 2015 Kenyasi Ghana F

African Youth Initiative on Climate Change

AYICC 2006 J

AfriCaribe Microenterprise Network

AMEN 1997 Philadelphia PA USA G

Afrique Secours et Assistance

ASA 1998 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire J

Afro-Arab Network for Women Empowerment

Cairo Egypt N


Brooklyn NY USA F

AFWC/EFC/NEFC Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions - Silva Mediterranea

1948 Rome Italy E g

Aga Khan Development Network

AKDN 1967 Geneva Switzerland F

Aga Khan Foundation

AKF 1967 Geneva Switzerland F f

Agence française pour le développement international des entreprises

Paris France G

Agence internationale pour le développement durable et l'économie sociale

AIDDES 2005 Paris France N

Agence universitaire de La Francophonie

AUF 1961 Montréal QC Canada C y

Agile Business Consortium

1994 Ashford UK G

Agreement Amending the Nordic Convention of 19 November 1934 Regarding Inheritance and the Settlement of the Devolution of Property

1975 T g

Agreement Concerning a Common Labour Market

1954 T g

Agreement Concerning a Common Nordic Labour Market

1982 T g

Agreement Concerning a Common Scandinavian Labour Market for Dentists

1966 T g

Agreement Concerning a Common Scandinavian Labour Market for Nurses

1968 T g

Agreement Concerning a Common Scandinavian Labour Market for Pharmacists

1969 T g

Agreement Concerning a Common Scandinavian Labour Market for Physicians

1965 T g

Agreement concerning co-operation between authorities and institutions in the field of vocational rehabilitation and training for the labour market

1982 T g

Agreement Concerning Cooperation in Marine Fishing

1962 T g

Agreement Concerning Cooperative Research in Reactor Science

1970 T g

Agreement Concerning Economic Development

1952 T g

Agreement Concerning Manned Lightships Not on Their Stations

1930 T g

Agreement Concerning Population Registration

1968 T g

Agreement Concerning Sickness Benefits and Benefits in Respect of Pregnancy and Confinement

1975 T g