Sustainable Development Goal 8

Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Over the past 25 years the number of workers living in extreme poverty has declined dramatically, despite the lasting impact of the 2008 economic crisis and global recession. In developing countries, the middle class now makes up more than 34 percent of total employment – a number that has almost tripled between 1991 and 2015.

However, as the global economy continues to recover we are seeing slower growth, widening inequalities, and not enough jobs to keep up with a growing labour force. According to the International Labour Organization, more than 204 million people were unemployed in 2015.

The SDGs promote sustained economic growth, higher levels of productivity and technological innovation. Encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation are key to this, as are effective measures to eradicate forced labour, slavery and human trafficking. With these targets in mind, the goal is to achieve full and productive employment, and decent work, for all women and men by 2030.

Sierra Leone Facts and Figures

Source: Stastics Sierra Leone


GDP per capita (current USD)




GDP growth




Automated teller machines (per 100,000)




Labour force participation rate




Proportion of children (5-11 years) engaged in child labour



Sierra Leone IndicatorsBaselineSource of baseline data (Date)CurrentSource Page NumberSource of Current Data (Date)Targets
By End 2020By End 2025By End 2030
8.1.1 GDP per capita (current USD)$582World Bank (2015)$500N/AWorld Bank (2017)10411500 
8.1.2 GDP growth-20.60%Stats SL (2015)3.70%N/ANational Account, Stats SL (2017) 20% 
8.1.3 Automated teller machines (per 100,000)0.40%IMF (2012)   6.9713.5320.1
8.5.3 Labour force participation rate65.00%SL 2014 Labour Force Survey Report (2015)   75.00%85.00% 
8.7.1 Proportion of children (5-11 years) engaged in child labour44.40%SLDHS (2013)29.30%250MICS6 (2017)37.00%29.60%22.20%