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

Servants to Asia's Urban Poor

1983 Vancouver BC Canada G

SERVAS International

1949 Zurich Switzerland F

Service chrétien d'appui à l'animation rurale

SECAAR 1994 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire G

Service d'appui aux initiatives locales de développement

SAILD 1988 Yaoundé Cameroon F

Service d'entraide et de liaison

SEL 1980 Bagneux France G

Service Volontaire International

SVI 2009 Brussels Belgium E

Service- og Tjenestebranchens Union i Norden

SUN Stockholm Sweden D

Servicio Ecuménico para la Dignidad Humana

SEDHU 1984 Montevideo Uruguay G

Servicio Latinoamericano, Africano y Asiatico de Vivienda Popular

SELAVIP 1976 Kraainem Belgium F

Servicio Paz y Justicia en América Latina

SERPAJ-AL 1974 Montevideo Uruguay F

Sex Workers' Rights Advocacy Network

SWAN 2006 J

Sexual Violence Research Initiative

SVRI 2000 Pretoria South Africa E

SGF International

Nieder-Olm Germany C y

Shack-Slum Dwellers International

SDI 1996 Cape Town South Africa F

Share Our Strength

SOS 1984 Washington DC USA G

Sharing of Ministries Abroad

SOMA 1980 London UK G

Shell Foundation

2000 London UK G f

Side by Side

F y

Siemenpuu Foundation

1998 Helsinki Finland G f

Sightsavers International

1950 Chippenham UK F


1925 Haarlem Netherlands G

Simply Help

2000 Los Angeles CA USA G


Trondheim Norway G

Sisters of Charity and Christian Instruction of Nevers

St Bernadette, Nevers 1680 Nevers France R

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati

1852 Mount St Joseph OH USA R

Sisters of Charity of Montreal

Grey Nuns 1737 Québec QC Canada R

Sisters of Charity of Quebec

Grey Nuns 1849 Québec QC Canada R

Sisters of Charity of St Hyacinthe

Grey Nuns 1850 Saint-Hyacinthe QC Canada R

Sisters of Charity of St Jeanne-Antide Thouret

1799 Rome Italy R

Sisters of Charity of St Paul the Apostle

1847 Birmingham UK R

Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

BVMs 1833 Chicago IL USA R

Sisters of Christian Charity, Daughters of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception

SCC 1849 Rome Italy R

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

1991 Silver Spring MD USA R

Sisters of Notre Dame

SND 1850 Rome Italy R

Sisters of Providence

SP 1843 Montréal QC Canada R

Sisters of Providence of St Mary-of-the-Woods

1840 St Mary-of-the-Woods IN USA R

Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin

1853 Nicolet QC Canada R

Sisters of the Congregation of Mary

Marist Sisters 1824 Rome Italy R

Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Monroe

1845 Monroe MI USA R

Slovenian Global Action

SLOGA Ljubljana Slovenia G

Small Luxury Hotels of the World

1985 Leatherhead UK N


Lagos Nigeria F f

Smile Africa International

1991 Robbinsdale MN USA G

Smokers Association

Bucharest Romania N

Social Accountability Accreditation Services

SAAS 1997 New York NY USA E

Social Accountability International

SAI 1997 New York NY USA G

Social Development International

SDI 2005 Buea Cameroon G

Social Economy Europe

SEE 2000 Brussels Belgium E y

Social Firms Europe

CEFEC 1990 Suceava Romania D

Social Justice Committee

SJC 1975 Montréal QC Canada G