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

African Business Roundtable

ABR 1990 Abuja Nigeria F

African Center for Economic Transformation

ACET 2008 Accra Ghana E

African Central Bank

ACB Addis Ababa Ethiopia J gp

African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development

ACAHD 2002 Lagos Nigeria G

African Centre for Aquatic Research and Education

ACARE 2017 Ann Arbor MI USA D

African Centre for Economic Growth

ACEG 1993 Nairobi Kenya E

African Centre for Empowerment and Gender Advocacy

Nairobi Kenya G

African Centre for Migration and Society

ACMS Witwatersrand South Africa G

African Coalition for Corporate Accountability

ACCA 2013 Pretoria South Africa D y

African Commission on Agricultural Statistics

AFCAS 1961 Accra Ghana E g

African Computer and Technology Literacy Awareness Program Charity

ACTLAP Charity 1995 Mississauga ON Canada G

African Confederation of Cooperative Savings and Credit Associations

ACCOSCA 1968 Nairobi Kenya D

African Development Aid Association

ADAA 1988 Addis Ababa Ethiopia G

African Development Bank

ADB 1963 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire F g

African Development Bank Group

ADB Group 1964 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire F g

African Economic Community

AEC 1991 Addis Ababa Ethiopia F g

African Economic Research Consortium

AERC 1988 Nairobi Kenya F y

African Enterprise

AE 1962 Nairobi Kenya N

African Entrepreneur Collective

AEC 2012 G

African Export-Import Bank

Afreximbank 1993 Cairo Egypt F g

African Federation of Women Entrepreneurs

AFWE 1993 Accra Ghana D

African Finance and Economics Association

AFEA 1988 Memphis TN USA G

African Forestry and Wildlife Commission

AFWC 1959 Accra Ghana E g

African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services

AFAAS 2005 Kampala Uganda F

African Foundation for Urban Management

Dakar Senegal G f

African Fund for Guarantee and Economic Cooperation

1977 Cotonou Benin F fg

African Health Economics and Policy Association

AfHEA 2008 Accra Ghana D

African Human Resource Confederation

AHRC Kampala Uganda J

African Initiatives for Relief and Development

AIRD 2006 Kampala Uganda F

African Institute for Applied Economics

AIAE Enugu Nigeria G j

African Institute for Capacity Development

AICAD 2000 Nairobi Kenya G j

African Institute for Policy Analysis and Economic Integration

AIPA 1992 Cape Town South Africa N j

African Institute of Corporate Citizenship

AICC Lilongwe Malawi G j

African Institute of Management Science

AIMS 2001 Accra Ghana G j

African Investment Bank

AIB Addis Ababa Ethiopia J gp

African Islamic Organization on Population and Development

2005 Kaolack Senegal F

African King Foundation

Newark NJ USA N f

African Labour Law Society

ALLS 2017 D

African Law Foundation

AFRILAW 2012 Enugu Nigeria G f

African Library and Information Associations and Institutions

AfLIA 2013 Accra Ghana D

African Management Development Institutes Network

AMDIN 2002 Pretoria South Africa D

African Management Services Company

AMSCO 1989 Johannesburg South Africa F egy

African Movement of Working Children and Youth

AMWCY 1994 Dakar Senegal J

African Network for Chemical Analysis of Pesticides

ANCAP 2001 Zanzibar Tanzania UR F

African Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems

AFRICALICS 2012 Nairobi Kenya F

African Network for Environment and Economic Justice

ANEEJ 1995 Benin City Nigeria G

African Network for Support to Women Entrepreneurs

ANSWE 1994 Dakar Senegal F

African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions

ANSTI 1980 Nairobi Kenya F

African Network of Social Entrepreneurship Scholars

ANSES 2017 Hatfield South Africa J

African Parks

AP 2000 Bryanston South Africa F