Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

No Poverty

Eradicating extreme poverty for all people everywhere by 2030 is a pivotal goal of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Extreme poverty, defined as surviving on less than $2.15 per person per day at 2017 purchasing power parity, has witnessed remarkable declines over recent decades.

However, the emergence of COVID-19 marked a turning point, reversing these gains as the number of individuals living in extreme poverty increased for the first time in a generation by almost 90 million over previous predictions.

Even prior to the pandemic, the momentum of poverty reduction was slowing down. By the end of 2022, nowcasting suggested that 8.4 per cent of the world’s population, or as many as 670 million people, could still be living in extreme poverty. This setback effectively erased approximately three years of progress in poverty alleviation.

If current patterns persist, an estimated 7% of the global population – around 575 million people – could still find themselves trapped in extreme poverty by 2030, with a significant concentration in sub-Saharan Africa.

A shocking revelation is the resurgence of hunger levels to those last observed in 2005. Equally concerning is the persistent increase in food prices across a larger number of countries compared to the period from 2015 to 2019. This dual challenge of poverty and food security poses a critical global concern.

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

Sewa International

1993 New Delhi India G

Share Our Strength

SOS 1984 Washington DC USA G

Shell Foundation

2000 London UK G f

Shelter for Life

SFL 1979 Maple Grove MN USA G

Siemenpuu Foundation

1998 Helsinki Finland G f

SIGNIS Services Rome

SSR 1953 Vatican City Vatican F


1925 Haarlem Netherlands G

Simply Help

2000 Los Angeles CA USA 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 Jesus and Mary

1803 Brussels Belgium R

Sisters of Charity of Montreal

Grey Nuns 1737 Québec QC Canada R

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

SCN 1812 Nazareth KY USA 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 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 Divine Providence, Münster

SDP 1842 Münster Germany R

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

1991 Silver Spring MD USA R

Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross

1856 Brunnen Switzerland R

Sisters of Mercy, 1823

1823 Sées France 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 Saint Clare

1212 Dublin Ireland R

Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius

1909 Danville PA USA R

Sisters of St Francis of Dillingen

1241 Dillingen Germany R

Sisters of St Francis of Philadelphia

1855 Aston PA USA R

Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition

1832 Fontenay-sous-Bois France 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 of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict

1857 Five Dock NSW Australia R

Sisters of the Holy Cross

Menzingen Sisters 1844 Lucerne Switzerland R

Sisters of the Holy Redeemer

SHR 1849 Würzburg Germany R

Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O'Fallon, Missouri

CPPS 1845 O'Fallon MO USA R

Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Scranton

IHM 1845 Scranton PA USA R


Lagos Nigeria F f

Social Accountability Accreditation Services

SAAS 1997 New York NY USA E

Social Development International

SDI 2005 Buea Cameroon G

Social Platform

1995 Brussels Belgium E y

Social Services Europe

2011 Brussels Belgium D y

Social Watch

Montevideo Uruguay F y

Société civile des auteurs multimédia

SCAM 1981 Paris France G

Société de Jésus-Christ

1923 Lyon France R

Société des Missions Etrangères de la Province de Québec

SMEPQ 1921 Laval QC Canada R

Société Sacerdotale de Saint Joseph-Benoît Cottolengo

1840 Rome Italy R

Society for Development Alternatives

1983 Delhi India G

Society for Participatory Research in Asia

PRIA 1982 Delhi India G

Society for Social Choice and Welfare

1992 Caen France D