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

Weather Risk Management Association

WRMA 1999 St Paul MN C

WEC International

WEC 1913 Coventry F v

WEConnect International

Washington DC USA G

Weeden Foundation

WF 1963 N f


2008 Overijse Belgium F

Wellbeing Economy Alliance

WEAll C y


WFD 1959 Berlin Germany G

Weltnotwerk der KAB

Cologne Germany G

West African Association for the Development of Artisanal Fisheries

WADAF 1992 Dakar Senegal D

West African Central Bank

WACB 2000 F gp

West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management

WAIFEM 1996 Lagos Nigeria E gj

West African Insurance Companies Association

WAICA 1973 Accra Ghana D g

West African Management Development Institutes Network

WAMDEVIN 1987 Lagos F

West African Monetary Zone

WAMZ 2000 Accra Ghana F g

West African Research and Innovation Management Association

WARIMA 2007 Ibadan 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

West-Nordic Foundation

1987 Reykjavik Iceland F fg

Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

WCPFC Kolonia Micronesia FS E gy

Western Business and Management Association

WBM 2002 Turlock CA N

Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission

WECAFC 1973 Bridgetown Barbados E g

Western Economic Association International

WEA International 1922 Fountain Valley CA USA G

Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council

Honolulu HI USA G g


Brussels D

WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities

GNAFCC 2010 Geneva F y

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

EMRO 1948 Cairo Egypt E g

Whole Child International

2004 Santa Monica CA USA G

Widows Rights International

WRI 1996 G

Wiener Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsvergleiche

WIIW 1973 Vienna Austria G j

WikiRate Project

2013 F

Winrock International

1985 Little Rock AR USA G

WIRED International

Montara CA USA N

Witness for Peace

WFP 1983 Washington DC USA G

Womankind Worldwide

1989 London UK F

Women and Development Unit

WAND 1978 Bridgetown Barbados F

Women Engage for a Common Future

WECF 1994 Utrecht Netherlands F y

Women First International Fund

1969 New York NY USA F f

Women for Peace, Sweden

WFP 1979 Stockholm Sweden G

Women for Water Partnership

WfWP 2004 The Hague F

Women for Women International

WFWI 1993 Washington DC USA G

Women in Action Worldwide

WaW 2012 Geneva Switzerland G

Women in Dialogue

WinD 1975 London UK G

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing

WIEGO 1997 Manchester UK F y

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

WiLDAF-AO 1990 F

Women in Migration Network

WIMN 2012 E y

Women in Need International

Bishop Auckland UK N

Women Mentor Association


Women of Europe Award

1987 Brussels Belgium E

Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management

WOCAN Washington DC USA G