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

Village Enterprise Fund

1987 San Carlos CA USA N f Funds, Funds

Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund

VGIF 1969 New York NY USA F f Funds, Human Rights Organizations

Virtus Global Center for Corporate Governance

2014 Sumy Ukraine G

VISION 2020 - The Right to Sight

1999 London UK F y WHO Bodies, International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Vision Outreach International

VOI St Joseph MI USA N

VisionFund International

London UK E f Funds

Vital Voices Global Partnership

VVGP 2001 Washington DC USA G Human Rights Organizations

Viva Network

1996 Oxford UK F

VIVAT International

2000 New York NY USA E Human Rights Organizations

Voluntary Service Overseas

VSO 1958 Kingston upon Thames UK G

Volunteer Service Abroad

VSA 1962 Wellington New Zealand G

Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance

VEGA Washington DC USA G y International Federations

Wagon africain de gestion de nouvelles électroniques

Réseau WAGNE 1991 Yaoundé Cameroon K

War Child International

1993 Amsterdam Netherlands F Humanitarian Organizations

War on Want

1952 London UK G f Funds

Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies

Wassenaar Arrangement 1996 Vienna Austria F g Treaties, IGOs

Waste Free Oceans

WFO Brussels Belgium F

Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor

WSUP 2004 London UK G y International Federations

Water and Sanitation Programme

WSP Washington DC USA E g IGOs

Water for All Children - Africa

Cotonou Benin N

Water Institute of Southern Africa

WISA Midrand South Africa N jv Institutes

Water Reuse Europe

WRE 2016 Cranfield UK D


1981 London UK F Humanitarian Organizations


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 Human Rights Organizations

We Mean Business

F y International Federations

Weather Risk Management Association

WRMA 1999 Washington DC USA C

WEConnect International

Washington DC USA G

Weeden Foundation

WF 1963 Bedford NY USA N f Foundations

Weltnotwerk der KAB

Cologne Germany G Humanitarian Organizations

West Africa Economic and Monetary Union

1994 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F g Common Markets and Free Trade Zones, Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

West African Association for the Development of Artisanal Fisheries

WADAF 1992 Dakar Senegal D

West African Central Bank

WACB 2000 F gp Banks, IGOs

West African Development Bank

WADB 1973 Lomé Togo F gy International Federations, Banks, IGOs

West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management

WAIFEM 1996 Lagos Nigeria E gj Institutes, IGOs

West African Insurance Companies Association

WAICA 1973 Accra Ghana D g IGOs

West African Management Development Institutes Network

WAMDEVIN 1987 Lagos Nigeria F

West African Monetary Zone

WAMZ 2000 Accra Ghana F g Common Markets and Free Trade Zones, IGOs

West African Research and Innovation Management Association

WARIMA 2007 Ibadan Nigeria D

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E

West India Committee

WIC 1735 London UK F v

West-East Bridges Foundation

2011 Amsterdam Netherlands F f Foundations

West-Nordic Foundation

1987 Reykjavik Iceland F fg Foundations, IGOs

Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

WCPFC Kolonia Micronesia FS E gy International Federations, IGOs

Western Business and Management Association

WBM 2002 Turlock CA USA N

Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission

WECAFC 1973 Christ Church Barbados E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Western Economic Association International

WEA International 1922 Fountain Valley CA USA G

Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council

Honolulu HI USA G g IGOs