Our commitments to the youth policy community

First Global Forum on Youth Policies: Our commitments to the community

First Global Forum on Youth Policy: Our top 10 essential reading list

First Global Forum on Youth Policy: Our top 10 essential reading list


Youth policy resources: participation structures

Participation structures

Our overview of structures, spaces and places showcases arenas for international youth participation: how and where can young people engage? More 

Youth policy resources: audits and reviews

Youth policy reviews

We assess the impact of public policies on the rights of all young people through independent reviews by local youth research teams. More 

Youth policy resources: academic youth journals

Academic journals

We maintain an overview of academic journals that publish on youth issues around the globe, sortable by region or by subscription type. More 

Youth policy resources: fact sheets

Youth policy fact sheets

Our new youth policy fact sheets provide an introduction to the state of youth policies, youth rights and youth participation for 198 countries. More 


Youth Wellbeing Index

Citizen Participation in the Global Youth Wellbeing Index

The recently-released Global Youth Wellbeing Index from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and International Youth Foundation (IYF) recognized the centrality of citizen participation to youth development and wellbeing. The Index considers the state of youth in 30 countries around the world, which hold nearly 70% of the world’s youth population. Of the forty indicators that comprise the Index, six make up the citizen participation domain. In this guest post, Nicole Goldin examines some interesting trends and findings. More 

How can youth work help create a more tolerant future?

From challenging yourself to challenging racism: How can youth work help create a more tolerant future?

Riin Lumiste, International Youth Work Coordinator at Tähe Youth Club in Tartu, Estonia, here tells of how a youth exchange brought to light the troubling spectre of racism in our societies, and calls for action to overcome intolerance. Despite the rigorous planning that had gone into the exchange, meant to be a space where young people could explore health, the main aim soon became how to deal with the intolerance of others. More 


Open Data Revolution: What’s beyond the hype?

The role of data in development has been articulated at the highest policy levels. The Post-2015 Development Agenda report called for a “data revolution for sustainable development, with a new international initiative to improve the quality of information available to citizens”. Enthusiasm around Open Data stems from the expectation that greater quantities of accessible data will help researchers, advocates and decision-makers gain new insights and empower people. However, for the potential of a data revolution to be realised, serious challenges in relation to control, capacity, access, efficacy and privacy must be addressed. More 

Celebrating 200 fact sheets in 200 days

The deep, the dark, the dusty: 200 fact sheets, 200 days, now one click away

Creating our Youth Policy Fact Sheets was an exercise in information excavation: to dig into the deep, dark and dusty corners of youth research, data and statistics, and to bring them to light. Much data on youth exists, but is often not collated in comprehensive or comparable ways. Our fact sheets allow, for the first time, comparisons across youth policy contexts around the world – from Bogota to Bamako, from Sofia to Seoul. We are excited about our fact sheets deepening the available knowledge of the situation for young people, but also about them enabling further interrogation, inquiry and research. More