The Youth Progress Index was developed to assess young people’s quality of life around the world. It provides a country-based measurement framework for evidenced-based policy making on youth issues related to factors such as access to education, healthcare, housing, quality of jobs, civic and political participation and environmental sustainability, amongst others. It complements other leading global efforts such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which promotes a more holistic approach to progress and its measurement.
There is still a lack of reliable international comparative data on the well-being of young people, and this affects not only young people themselves, but also youth practitioners and others who work in support of young people’s development. This is particularly noteworthy as today’s youth – the largest young generation ever by numbers globally with people under the age of 30 accounting for more than half (50.5%) of the world’s population – are less engaged in conventional political processes than previous generations, and are beginning to “opt-out” of traditional democratic systems at an alarming rate (European Youth Forum, 2015). This should come as no surprise considering that young people face incredible challenges as they navigate their transition to adulthood, including greater risk of social exclusion, limited economic opportunities, and uneven or often out-dated educational systems and curricula that are not adapted to preparing them adequately for the changes brought about by technology and society’s increased digitisation, amongst other factors. The result is that young people are most at risk of exclusion from the political process, and thus not able to exercise influence on political agendas in their countries.
Navigate through the Youth Progress Index 2017 to find out more.