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

Alternative Missions

Ferndale WA USA N

Alternative Trade Mandate Alliance

ATM 2011 J y International Federations

Alternatives - Action and Communication Network for International Development

Montréal QC Canada G y International Federations

Alternatives for Sustainable Development

Barcelona Spain G

Alternatives International

Alter-Inter Montréal QC Canada F

Alternatives to Neo-Liberalism in Southern Africa

ANSA 2003 Harare Zimbabwe D

Alternatives to Violence Project International

AVP International 1975 F

AMAR International Charitable Foundation

AICF 1995 London UK G f Foundations

Ambedkar Center for Justice and Peace

ACJP 1991 Maharashtra India E

AMC Institute

1963 Alexandria VA USA G j Institutes

AMDA International

1984 Okayama Japan D Humanitarian Organizations

AMDA Multinational Medical Mission

AMMM 1993 Okayama Japan K

América Cooperativa y Mutual

Red AMEC 2006 E y International Federations

American Enterprise Institute

AEI 1943 Washington DC USA G j Institutes

American Fisheries Society

AFS 1870 Bethesda MD USA G v

American Friends Service Committee

AFSC 1917 Philadelphia PA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

American Management Association International

AMA 1923 New York NY USA F Professional Bodies

American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa

ARAHA 2000 Columbia Heights MN USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Americans for Democratic Action

ADA 1947 Washington DC USA G Human Rights Organizations

Americas' Central Securities Depositories Association

ACSDA 1999 Lima Peru D

Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers International

AIMS International 1994 Santa Ana CA USA G

Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team

AMURT 1955 Rockville MD USA F Humanitarian Organizations

Ananda Marga Yoga Society

1955 Kolkata India R Religious Orders

Andean Business Advisory Council

1998 Lima Peru K

Andean Center of Popular Action

1977 Quito Ecuador G

Andean Labor Advisory Council

1998 Lima Peru K

Andean Social Management Corporation

1989 Quito Ecuador N

André Ryckmans Foundation

1961 Waterloo Belgium G f Foundations

Andrew W Mellon Foundation

1969 New York NY USA G f Foundations

ANESVAD Foundation

1968 Bilbao Spain G Foundations

Anglican Alliance

London UK E

Anglican Overseas Aid

1988 Melbourne Australia G

Animal Production and Health Commission for Asia and the Pacific

APHCA 1975 Bangkok Thailand E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Anne Frank Fonds

AFF 1963 Basel Switzerland G f Funds, Funds

Ansar Burney Welfare Trust International

ABWTI 1980 London UK N Human Rights Organizations

Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre

ACE CRC 1991 Hobart Australia G

Anti-Slavery International

1839 London UK C v Human Rights Organizations

Antigonish Movement

Antigonish NS Canada G

APEC SME Innovation Center

SMEIC 2004 Gyeongsan Korea Rep E

Apostleship of the Sea - Stella Maris

AOS 1922 Vatican City Vatican R Religious Orders

Appel aide aux enfants victimes de conflits

1969 Paris France G Humanitarian Organizations

Appel détresse

1974 La Chapelle-sur-Erdre France N

Applied Services Economic Centre

ASEC 1985 Geneva Switzerland G

APRACA Consultancy Services

ACS 1990 Jakarta Indonesia K

APT Action on Poverty

1984 Pershore UK G

Aqua Publica Europea

APE 2008 Brussels Belgium D

AQUA-AFRICA

2011 Omaha NE USA G

Aquacultural Engineering Society

AES 1993 Copper Hill VA USA D

Aquaculture Stewardship Council

ASC 2010 Utrecht Netherlands F

Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society

AEHMS 1989 Burlington ON Canada C

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