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Global Youth Development Index and Report 2016  Research Publication

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Focus Areas:

Agriculture, Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, Education and 3 MoreSEE MORE

Agriculture, Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, Education, Gender, Health and YouthSEE LESS

Regions:

Africa, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia and 3 MoreSEE MORE

Africa, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America / Caribbean, North America and Middle East and North AfricaSEE LESS

Global Youth Development Index and Report 2016

Global Youth Development Index and Report 2016

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In the context of violent conflict, young people are often stereotyped as perpetrators of violence or innocent victims who must be protected. While it is true that young people disproportionately experience harmful effects of violent conflict and some engage in violence, there is another undeniable reality: the vast majority of young people choose not to engage in violence, and many are active agents of peace. Young people are too frequently caught in fragile and conflict zones that have a negative impact on their wellbeing and development. They are a majority of global refugees, they account for 43 per cent of homicides, they are recruited into the military and militia groups  and they remain vulnerable to radicalisation and extremism. The youth bulge that a number of countries are experiencing can be a risk, particularly if adequate investments are not made to harness and develop the capabilities of young people. The narrative around high youth populations continues to focus on security  and the threat of idle young people. Finding decent employment opportunities is a clear priority for most young people, but their political, social and cultural demands – their desire for democracy, peace, equality, transparency and good governance – must also be recognised as legitimate factors in the effort to build peaceful and tolerant societies.

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