Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 account for more than one quarter of the world's population. At 1.2 billion, they represent the largest group ever to enter the transition to adulthood. Over 85 percent of them live in developing countries and, in many places, they represent as much as 30 percent of the population. And the numbers keep growing.
One commonality among many of these young people is exposure to an increasing number of vulnerabilities and threats. The life choices they make are inevitably subject to many social and economic constraints. Limited access to decent employment, education, health services and civic participation are all factors that prevent young people from playing a full role in their societies. This is particularly dangerous in countries with high demographic growth and inequality, where new generations put pressure on economic and social development.
How can we guarantee inclusion and well-being for this vital and populous group?
The OECD Development Centre, in collaboration with the European Union, launched a Youth Inclusion project (2014-2017) that will analyse policies for youth in developing and emerging economies. The project takes a multisectoral approach to support countries in better responding to the aspirations of young people and strengthening youth involvement in national development processes.
Read more about the EU-OECD Youth Inclusion Project
Read the latest Development Post on Youth Closing the gap on youth well-being