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 Philanthropy Forum

APF 2014 Lagos Nigeria F

African Plant Nutrition Institute

APNI 2019 Ben Guerir Morocco D

African Population and Health Research Center

APHRC 1995 Nairobi Kenya E

African Population Conference

S c

African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

AVCA London UK D y

African Promise Foundation

Maple Valley WA USA G f

African Regional Centre of Technology

ARCT 1977 Dakar Senegal E g

African Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology


African Regional Intellectual Property Organization

ARIPO 1976 Harare Zimbabwe D g

African Regional Labour Administration Centre, Harare

ARLAC 1974 Harare Zimbabwe E g

African Regional Labour Administration Centre, Yaoundé

1965 Yaoundé Cameroon E g

African Reinsurance Corporation

AFRICA RE 1976 Lagos Nigeria F egy

African Relief in Action

ARIA International 1995 Houston TX USA G

African Rights Initiative International

ARII 2007 Madina Ghana G

African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association

AFRACA 1977 Nairobi Kenya D

African Securities Exchanges Association

ASEA 1993 Nairobi Kenya D y

African Sex Workers Alliance

ASWA 2009 Nairobi Kenya D

African Solutions to African Problems

ASAP 2003 Cape Town South Africa G

African Sport Management Association

ASMA 2010 Nairobi Kenya D

African Tax Administration Forum

ATAF 2009 Pretoria South Africa F

African University for Cooperative Development

AUCD 1967 Cotonou Benin F g

African Venture Philanthropy Alliance


African Women Empowerment Guild

AWEG 1995 Benin City Nigeria G

African Women's Welfare Group

Tottenham UK G

African World Heritage Fund

AWHF 2006 Midrand South Africa F g

African Youth in Philanthropy Network

AYPN 2015 Kenyasi Ghana F

AfriCaribe Microenterprise Network

AMEN 1997 Philadelphia PA USA G

Afrique Secours et Assistance

ASA 1998 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire J

Afro-Arab Network for Women Empowerment

Cairo Egypt N


Brooklyn NY USA F

AFWC/EFC/NEFC Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions - Silva Mediterranea

1948 Rome Italy E g

Aga Khan Development Network

AKDN 1967 Geneva Switzerland F

Aga Khan Foundation

AKF 1967 Geneva Switzerland F f

Agence française pour le développement international des entreprises

Paris France G

Agence internationale pour le développement durable et l'économie sociale

AIDDES 2005 Paris France N

Agence universitaire de La Francophonie

AUF 1961 Montréal QC Canada C y

Agile Business Consortium

1994 Ashford UK G

Agreement Amending the Nordic Convention of 19 November 1934 Regarding Inheritance and the Settlement of the Devolution of Property

1975 T g

Agreement Concerning a Common Labour Market

1954 T g

Agreement Concerning a Common Nordic Labour Market

1982 T g

Agreement Concerning a Common Scandinavian Labour Market for Dentists

1966 T g

Agreement Concerning a Common Scandinavian Labour Market for Nurses

1968 T g

Agreement Concerning a Common Scandinavian Labour Market for Pharmacists

1969 T g

Agreement Concerning a Common Scandinavian Labour Market for Physicians

1965 T g

Agreement concerning co-operation between authorities and institutions in the field of vocational rehabilitation and training for the labour market

1982 T g

Agreement Concerning Cooperation in Marine Fishing

1962 T g

Agreement Concerning Cooperative Research in Reactor Science

1970 T g

Agreement Concerning Economic Development

1952 T g

Agreement Concerning Manned Lightships Not on Their Stations

1930 T g

Agreement Concerning Population Registration

1968 T g