Youth empowerment and intergenerational justice


Governance for Youth, Trust and Intergenerational Justice

Fit for All Generations?

Global transformations – from population ageing to digitalisation, rising inequalities and climate change – have created profound uncertainties for young people and future generations, despite unprecedented access to information, education and technology. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing challenges in youth’s mental well-being and employment, while raising concerns about the sustainability of public finances. This report provides the first comparative assessment of the policies, laws, institutional capacities and governance tools put in place by 42 national governments and the European Union to promote youth empowerment and intergenerational justice. It sets benchmarks for cross-country comparisons in three main areas: 1) Supporting youth’s transition to an autonomous life, 2) Enhancing youth’s participation and representation in public life as well as trust in government, and 3) Delivering fair policy outcomes for all generations. Finally, it provides practical insights for policy makers, civil society and young people seeking to build a present and future that leaves no generation behind.

Published on October 22, 2020Also available in: French

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Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive Summary
One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards? Youth Are Facing an Uncertain Future
Empowering Youth to Succeed: A Call for Action
Youth and Public Institutions: Stronger Together
Delivering Fair Policy Outcomes For All Generations
Annexes3 chapters available
The 2019 OECD Youth Governance Surveys
Assessing the quality of national youth strategies
Quantitative analysis
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