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

Aide et action France

1981 Paris France G


1982 Dublin Ireland G


1949 Montréal QC Canada B

AIP Foundation

1999 Hanoi Vietnam F f

Air and Waste Management Association

A and WMA 1907 Pittsburgh PA USA G

Air Baltic Corporation

1995 Riga Latvia F e

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration European Association

AREA 1988 Brussels Belgium D t

Airports Council International

ACI 1991 Montréal QC Canada B y

Airports Council International - European Region

ACI EUROPE 1991 Brussels Belgium E

AKASSA ONG Internationale

Gerardmer France K

Åland International Institute of Comparative Island Studies

AICIS 2007 Mariehamn Finland N j

Alfityanu Humanitaire International

AHI 2015 Luxembourg Luxembourg N

Alfred Jurzykowski Foundation

1960 New York NY USA G f


2017 Berlin Germany G

Alianza para las Migraciones en Centroamérica y México


All Africa Baptist Fellowship

AABF 1982 Ibadan Nigeria E


2008 Brussels Belgium D

All for Africa

New York NY USA N

All India Women's Conference

AIWC 1926 Delhi India E

ALLEA - ALL European Academies

1994 Berlin Germany F

Alliance for Affordable Internet

A4AI 2013 Washington DC USA E y

Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment

ACE 1995 Brussels Belgium F

Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa

AFSA 2008 Kampala Uganda D

Alliance for Harmonisation of Cellular Therapy Accreditation

AHCTA 2009 Bern Switzerland E y

Alliance for Middle East Peace

ALLMEP 2006 Washington DC USA G y

Alliance for Responsible Mining

ARM 2004 Medellin Colombia D

Alliance for Sustainability

1983 Minneapolis MN USA G

Alliance Internationale pour la défense des Droits et des Libertés

AIDL 2009 Paris France G

Alliance of Business Women International

ABWI 1995 Atlanta GA USA G

Alliance of Global Talent Organizations

AGTO 2020 J p

Alliance of NGOs and CSOs for South-South Cooperation

ANCSSC 2018 London UK J

Alliance of Rail New Entrants

ALLRAIL 2017 Brussels Belgium D

Alliance pour la Migration, le Leadership et le Développement

AMLD Dakar Senegal J

Alliance pour la Préservation des Forêts

APF Paris France G

Alliance Sud, Swiss Alliance of Development Organisations Swissaid - Catholic Lenten Fund - Bread for All - Helvetas - Caritas - Interchurch Aid

1971 Bern Switzerland G f

Alliance to End Plastic Waste

AEPW 2019 Dover DE USA C

Alliance Toward Harnessing Global Opportunities Corporation

ATHGO International 1999 Sherman Oaks CA USA G


2000 Brussels Belgium F y

Alpha Charitable Foundation

1992 North York ON Canada N f



alterNativa - Intercanvi amb Pobles Indigenes

1986 Barcelona Spain G

Alternativas Latinoamericanas de Desarrollo Humano y Estudios Antropológicos

ALDHEA 2005 Quito Ecuador J

Alternative Action for African Development

1988 G

Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma

ALTSEAN Burma 1996 Bangkok Thailand G

Alternative Information and Development Centre

AIDC 1996 Cape Town South Africa G

Alternative Investment Management Association

AIMA 1990 London UK D

Alternative Missions

Ferndale WA USA N

Alternative Trade Mandate Alliance

ATM 2011 J ty

Alternatives - Action and Communication Network for International Development

Montréal QC Canada G y

Alternatives for Sustainable Development

Barcelona Spain G