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.



Foreword: Dr Joseph Muscat: Prime Minister of Malta and Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth

The Earth’s population has been increasing drastically in these last decades, especially in certain parts of the world where development still lags behind, owing to advancements in research and health across the globe. In the Commonwealth Family of Nations more than 60 per cent of citizens are now young people. Youth by definition is that period in a person’s life when childhood is left behind and the formative years between the age of 15 and 29 stretch ahead.


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