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

Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in too many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty. 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.

Overview of some indicators

Unemployment rate
4.3
Number of commercial bank branch (per 100,000 adults)
14.6
Number of fatal occupational injuries
7
National Employment Program in 2019  to help Bahraini citizens improve their chances of being the top choice for employment in the labor market, while maintaining the labor market’s ability to attract talent. The program employs Bahrainis and qualify them for long-term employment and equal opportunities, based on the needs of the labor market.
For more information about employment, please visit http://www.bahrain.bh/employment

For more information on decent work for all visit the Ministry of Labour and Social Development  website.



The Ministry of Labour and Social Development adopts a number of projects and initiatives that aim at promoting sustainable economic development for individuals. In this regard, the Ministry seeks to sustain the activities of productive families and self-employed businesses that raise the economic level of individuals. Moreover, the Ministry encourages creativity and innovation in this field and the formalization of small and micro enterprises through the following initiatives and projects:

Supporting productive families through an integrated (Khetwa) Program: this program provides an appropriate environment for qualifying Bahraini citizens who are capable of joining labour market with small projects and enterprises that could later expand and grow into larger businesses. It also aims at empowering Bahrainis economically and increasing the economic returns for them, by providing the following:  

•    Training, which helps participants identify with the commercial and professional fields in cooperation with accredited training institutions. Training also enlightens trainees with the factors that may affect their projects, help them figure out how to manage the resources available for them and how to prepare an effective business plan and start-up budget.

•    Appropriate financing, as several entities and bodies in the Kingdom of Bahrain provide financing to small and micro enterprises, including projects for productive families such as the Family Bank, the Bahrain Development Bank, and Tamkeen agency.  

•    Specialized services, such as marketing and management of their products locally and internationally through continuous exhibitions and local sales outlets. The most important marketing outlets and distribution channels are: the Capital Mall for Bahraini Handmade Products, Sitra Centre for Productive Families specializing in the production of long-term packaged food under health supervision and Step Center for home projects.  There is also the shop at Bahrain International Airport.

•    Production units such as (productive kitchens, industrial sewing, and porcelain production).

•    A design and innovation unit for product development, a unit for providing innovative consultations and training services to Bahraini productive families, to produce a new line of distinct products and designs. It also introduces all necessary consulting services, as well as practical and theoretical technical assistance needed for creating unusual innovative designs and ideas.

•    The official forms he official forms for established projects for established projects which confirm the importance of sponsorship and participation of all governmental, private and public sectors. This is carried out in accordance with the Prime Minister’s Resolution No. (39) of 2010 on the regulation of productive activity at home (the productive home), in order to ensure the legal environment for productive families project to work through a legal framework that helps facilitate production and marketing.

mployment (job) fairs: During 2016, the Ministry has adopted a new policy for recruitment operations by organizing specialized job fairs and exhibitions. These fairs are mainly hold for introducing quality job opportunities and value-added jobs with a financial reward to achieve job stability for Bahraini labour. Such exhibitions also pave the way for competition between owners of similar industries or activities for displaying their vacancies simultaneously and benefiting from the organizational services and supporting programs provided by the Ministry.




Goal One: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal Two: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal Three: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all age
Goal Four: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal Five: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal Six: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal Seven: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal Eight: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal Nine: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal Ten: Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal Eleven:  Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal Twelve:Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal Thirteen: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts[b]
Goal Fourteen: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal Fifteen: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal Sixteen: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal Seventeen: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
SDGs Bahrain

Page Last Updated: 10 February, 2020