Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

Reduced inequalities

The international community has made significant strides towards lifting people out of poverty. The most vulnerable nations – the least developed countries, the landlocked developing countries and the small island developing states – continue to make inroads into poverty reduction. However, inequality persists and large disparities remain regarding access to health and education services and other assets.

There is growing consensus that economic growth is not sufficient to reduce poverty if it is not inclusive and if it does not involve the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. Fortunately, income inequality has been reduced both between and within countries. At the current time, the per capita income of 60 out of 94 countries with data has risen more rapidly than the national average. There has been some progress regarding creating favorable access conditions for exports from least developing countries as well.

To reduce inequality, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations. There needs to be an increase in duty-free treatment and continuation of favoring exports from developing countries, in addition to increasing the share of developing countries’ vote within the IMF. Finally, innovations in technology can help reduce the cost of transferring money for migrant workers.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II


1980 Leuven Belgium G

RIPESS Europe - Economy Solidarity Europe

RIPESS Europe 2011 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg E y

Riunione delle Opere per l'Aiuto alle Chiese Orientali

ROACO 1968 Vatican City Vatican K y

Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund

RCNF Amsterdam Netherlands F f

Robert F Kennedy Human Rights

1988 New York NY USA G

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

RBF 1940 New York NY USA G f

Root and Branch Association

1982 Jerusalem Israel N v

Root Capital

1999 Cambridge MA USA G

Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation

1956 Tokyo Japan G f

Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences

RAOS 1928 Brussels Belgium G

Royal Over-Seas League

ROSL 1910 London UK G

Rules of Arbitration and Conciliation for Settlement of International Disputes between Two Parties of Which One Only Is a State

1962 T g

Rural Water Supply Network

RWSN St Gallen Switzerland F


1987 Utrecht Netherlands F f

Ryan Foundation International

1982 Chennai India G f


1999 London UK N

Saffron Social Development Global Foundation

Saffron SDGF Lagos Nigeria G f

Said Foundation

London UK N f

Salam Institute for Peace and Justice

Sterling VA USA G j

Salesian Cooperators

1876 Rome Italy R

Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate

1872 Gentilly France R


2000 Brussels Belgium E

Salvation Army World Service Office

SAWSO 1976 Alexandria VA USA K

Sasakawa Africa Association

SAA Tokyo Japan F

SAVE International

1959 Mount Royal NJ USA G

Save Our Species

SOS 2010 Gland Switzerland J

Save the Children International

1979 London UK F y

Save the Children UK

SC UK 1919 London UK G f

Save the People International

SAPI Lausanne Switzerland G

Scalabrini International Migration Institute

SIMI 2000 Rome Italy F j

Scarboro Foreign Mission Society

SFM 1919 Toronto ON Canada R

SCI Foundation

2002 London UK J f

Science for Peace

SFP 1981 Toronto ON Canada G

Sciences Citoyennes

2002 Paris France G f

Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund

SCIAF 1965 Glasgow UK G f

SDG Watch Europe

F y

Seafarers UK

1917 London UK N f

Seafarers' Rights International

SRI London UK N

Seamen's Mission - Norwegian Church Abroad

1864 Bergen Norway G

Search for Common Ground

SFCG 1982 Washington DC USA G


1962 Ilford UK G

Secours catholique - Caritas France

1946 Paris France G

Secretaria de Integración Social Centroamericana

SISCA 1995 Panama Panama E g

Secretariado Internacional Cristiano de Solidaridad con América Latina 'Oscar A Romero'

SICSAL Milan Italy G

Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

Ozone Secretariat 1989 Nairobi Kenya E g

Seeds to Sew International

Hopewell NJ USA G

Self-Help International

1959 Waverly IA USA G

Senter for Studier av Holocaust og Livssynsminoriteter

HL-SENTERET 2001 Oslo Norway N

SERRV International

1949 Madison WI USA G

Servantes du Coeur de Jésus

1867 Moulins-lès-Metz France R