Youth Development Index

The first ever global index measuring national development by the development and empowerment of young people is unveiled today.

The Youth Development Index (YDI) was developed by the Commonwealth Secretariat, in partnership with the Institute for Economics and Peace and a team of independent technical experts.

Five key indicators

The YDI examines 15 indicators across five key areas: education, health and wellbeing, employment, and political participation as well as civic participation. These include: 

Youth volunteering rate; percentage of youth who help strangers.

170 countries ranked

In total 170 worldwide countries are ranked in the index, including 51 of 54 Commonwealth member states, although the accompanying report focuses in the main on Commonwealth countries.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma stressed that the YDI was especially valuable for the association's member states, many of which have large youth bulges. In total around 60% of the Commonwealth’s population is aged under 30.

Mr Sharma said: "The YDI is a powerful tool for benchmarking and monitoring progress that will help national ministries identify where greater investment is required."

The index underlines the importance of data collection on youth development indicators, the Secretary-General added.

The YDI results report and accompany methodology will be released at 10.00 British Summer Time at the Commonwealth Secretariat's headquarters at Marlborough House in London.

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