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

West Africa Civil Society Forum


West Africa Civil Society Institute

WACSI Accra Ghana G j

West African Human Rights Defenders' Network

WAHRDN 2005 Lomé D

West African Institute for Legal Aid

WAILA 2013 Bakau Gambia G j

West India Committee

WIC 1735 London UK F v


Brussels Belgium D

Whole Child International

2004 Santa Monica CA USA G

Widows Rights International

WRI 1996 G

Wildlife Justice Commission

WJC 2015 The Hague Netherlands C

Winrock International

1985 Little Rock AR USA G

WIRED International

Montara CA USA N


1992 Brooklyn NY USA G

Witness for Peace

WFP 1983 Washington DC USA G

Woman and Earth Global Eco-Network

1979 New York NY USA G v

Womankind Worldwide

1989 London UK F

Women and Land Rights in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe


Women Engage for a Common Future

WECF 1994 Utrecht Netherlands F y

Women for Peace, Sweden

WFP 1979 Stockholm Sweden G

Women for Women International

WFWI 1993 Washington DC USA G

Women in Law and Development in Africa-Afrique de l'Ouest

WiLDAF-AO 1990 F

Women in Need International

Bishop Auckland UK N

Women with Vision in Africa

WVA Monrovia Liberia G

Women Worldwide Advancing Freedom and Equality

WWAFE 2004 London UK J

Women's Brain Project

WBP 2016 F

Women's Earth Alliance

WEA 2006 Berkeley CA USA G

Women's Fund Asia

2004 Colombo Sri Lanka F f

Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights

WGNRR 1978 Quezon City Philippines F

Women's Home and Overseas Missionary Society

WHOMS 1880 Charlotte NC USA G

Women's International Democratic Federation

WIDF 1945 San Salvador El Salvador B

Women's International Motorcycle Association

WIMA 1950 Stonehaven UK D

Women's International News Gathering Service

WINGS 1986 G

Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace

WLP 1999 Bethesda MD USA F

Women's Voices Now

WVN 2010 Rolling Hills Estates CA USA G

Women's World Summit Foundation

WWSF 1991 Geneva Switzerland F f

WomenStrong International



2002 Vienna Austria F v

Worker Rights Consortium

WRC 2000 Washington DC USA G

Working Group on Tourism and Development

1977 Basel Switzerland G


1997 Lewes UK N

World Academy of Art and Science

WAAS 1960 Puducherry India B v

World Accord

1980 Waterloo ON Canada G

World Agroforestry Centre

ICRAF 1977 Nairobi Kenya E

World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty

WACAP 1997 New York NY USA F

World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples

WAMIP Ahmedabad India J

World Animal Protection

1981 London UK B

World Anti-Bullying Forum

WABF 1997 Umeå Sweden D

World Armenian Congress


World Association for Cooperative Education

WACE 1983 Lowell MA USA F

World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation

WAPR 1986 Bangalore B

World Association for Sexual Health

WAS 1978 Minneapolis MN USA B y