SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth

Worldwide, labour productivity has risen, and unemployment rates have fallen. Nevertheless, further advancements are essential to boost job prospects, particularly for youth, minimise informal employment, address labour market disparities (like the gender pay gap), ensure safe working conditions, and enhance financial service access for enduring and inclusive economic growth.

Griffith University is aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and committed to tackling global challenges around SDG 8 decent work and economic growth. Below are some of our outputs supporting this goal.

Data constraints impeding MSME development – A case for Fiji

SAKIUSA NABOU |    Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are believed to contribute to at least 18 percent of Fiji’s GDP. Now, what… Read More

Development outlook: Exploring the opportunities of Southeast Asia

ANDREA HAEFNER AND SOVINDA PO | Download PDF Introduction Southeast Asia stands at the crossroads of geopolitical, economic, and cultural significance,… Read More

Confronting labour market challenges in South Asia: An SDG perspective

Download PDF MOHD AVI HOSSAIN AND IYANATUL ISLAM Introduction South Asia represents a region with multiple contradictions. On the… Read More

Digital technologies vis- à-vis trade in Pacific island countries 

KELERA ROGOIRUWAI AND KALOLAINI RANADI  |    Introduction  International trade is critical to a country’s economic and social well-being. Advanced economies continue to leverage… Read More

Leaving nothing to chance: Sustaining Pacific development beyond 2024

ANNA NAUPA AND TESS NEWTON CAIN Download PDF Introduction The value proposition of Pacific regionalism in an increasingly dynamic geopolitical… Read More

Climate-resilient micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises in Mongolia: Understanding challenges


Financial system development in the Solomon Islands

ANGELINE ROHOIA, KATIE LONGE’AU AND RAYNOLD MICAH MOVENI  |   The undeniable importance of finance in fostering growth and development is now firmly established. Countless studies have explored the finance-growth nexus and development of financial sectors, per se, across developed and developing countries. Despite this wealth of research, the Pacific region remains largely under-studied. Read More

Voices of ni-Vanuatu handicraft livelihoods in the face of disasters in Vanuatu

ROSS WESTOBY, RACHEL CLISSOLD, KAREN McNAMARA AND VIVIANE OBED Before COVID-19, tourism in Vanuatu accounted for 34.7… Read More

Regional Outlook | Household consumption, domestic demand, and challenges to China’s grand economic rebalancing

HUI FENG AND CHENG TANG | 30-MINUTE READ | Download PDF Introduction In recent years, China has emphasised the… Read More

Understanding the dynamics of housing prices in Papua New Guinea

MESON TUMSOK, GORDON KAPAK AND TONG TONG  |  In recent years, the housing market in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has experienced significant… Read More


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Our research focuses on the trade and business, politics, governance, security, economies and development of the Asia Pacific and their significance for Australia. Griffith University is committed to advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the region.