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Global Youth Development Index and Report 2016

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There are more young people in the world today than ever before. Yet surprisingly little is known about the current state of affairs in youth development. Measuring the well-being of young people continues to be a challenge, even though its importance is widely recognised.

The Global Youth Development Index and Report provides an evidence based overview of the state of development for the nearly 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 15 and 30 in the world. The Youth Development Index (YDI) is a composite index of 18 indicators that collectively measure progress on youth development in 183 countries, including 49 of the 53 Commonwealth countries. The YDI has five domains, measuring levels of education, health and well-being, employment and opportunity, political participation and civic participation among young people.

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Foreword: The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC: Secretary-General of the Commonwealth

Young people are a greatly cherished Commonwealth asset, and 640 million of the citizens living in our 53 member states are aged between 15 and 29. It is because we have such riches, and have long recognised their potential for nation-building and for inclusive and sustainable economic and social progress, that as long ago as 1973 the Commonwealth Youth Programme was established as a pioneering intergovernmental initiative to champion the all-round development of young people.

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