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

Alternatives International

Alter-Inter Montréal QC Canada F

Alternatives to Neo-Liberalism in Southern Africa

ANSA 2003 Harare Zimbabwe D

AMAR International Charitable Foundation

AICF 1995 London UK G f

Amazon Conservation Association

ACA 1999 Washington DC USA G

Ambedkar Center for Justice and Peace

ACJP 1991 Nagpur India E

AMC Institute

1963 Alexandria VA USA G j

AmChams in Europe

1963 Ljubljana Slovenia E

AMERA International

2003 Beaconsfield UK G

América Cooperativa y Mutual

Red AMEC 2006 E y

American Enterprise Institute

AEI 1943 Washington DC USA G j

American Fisheries Society

AFS 1870 Bethesda MD USA G v

American Friends Service Committee

AFSC 1917 Philadelphia PA USA G

American Management Association International

AMA 1923 New York NY USA F

American Near East Refugee Aid

ANERA 1968 Washington DC USA G

American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa

ARAHA 2000 Columbia Heights MN USA G

Americans for Democratic Action

ADA 1947 Washington DC USA G

Americas' Central Securities Depositories Association

ACSDA 1999 Lima Peru D


1977 Brussels Belgium D

Amicale internationale des sous-directeurs et chefs de réception des grands hôtels

AICR 1973 Paris France D


2007 Seattle WA USA G

Amref Health Africa

1957 Nairobi Kenya F f

Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers International

AIMS International 1994 Santa Ana CA USA G t

Ananda Marga Yoga Society

1955 Kolkata India R

Andean Center of Popular Action

1977 Quito Ecuador G

Andean Community

1996 Lima Peru F g

Andean Labor Advisory Council

1998 Lima Peru K

Andean Social Management Corporation

1989 Quito Ecuador N

Andheri-Hilfe, Bonn

1967 Bonn Germany G

Andrew W Mellon Foundation

1969 New York NY USA G f

Anglican Alliance

London UK E

Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Auckland New Zealand E

Anglican Overseas Aid

1988 Melbourne VIC Australia G

Animal Production and Health Commission for Asia and the Pacific

APHCA 1975 Bangkok Thailand E g

Anne Frank Fonds

AFF 1963 Basel Switzerland G f

Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Productontwikkeling

APOPO 1998 Antwerp Belgium G

Anti-Slavery International

1839 London UK C v

Antigonish Movement

Antigonish NS Canada G

APEC Climate Center

APCC 2005 Busan Korea Rep G

APEC SME Innovation Center

SMEIC 2004 Gyeongsan Korea Rep E

APHELEIA - Humanities International Association For Cultural Integrated Landscape Management

2017 Mação Portugal E

Apostleship of the Sea - Stella Maris

AOS 1922 Vatican City Vatican R

Appel aide aux enfants victimes de conflits

1969 Paris France G

Appel détresse

1974 La Chapelle-sur-Erdre France N

APRACA Consultancy Services

ACS 1990 Jakarta Indonesia K

APT Action on Poverty

1984 Bristol UK G

Aqua Publica Europea

APE 2008 Brussels Belgium D


2011 Omaha NE USA G

Aquacultural Engineering Society

AES 1993 Riverview FL USA D

Aquaculture Stewardship Council

ASC 2010 Utrecht Netherlands F

Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society

AEHMS 1989 C