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
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
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. More
The climate talks are destined for a future as a legal zombie, yet all roads lead back to the UNFCCC and there are numerous ways of reforming it. In the final part of the ‘Curing the Climate Zombie’ series, Luke and Tom consider the role of youth in reforming the UNFCCC, and creating a joined up movement across bodies for climate action. More
In the post-Snowden world, young people’s attitudes towards surveillance, the role of Governments and whistleblowers is sparking a change in online behaviour. But is the shift big or quick enough to ensure the “epicentre” of young people’s world – the internet – is secure and private? More
The problem in Cameroon has never been the lack of institutions, policies and laws on youth, but rather the absence of political willingness to effectively monitor and implement these laws and policies. With youth being widely perceived as an unprosperous group, fit only to be manipulated, what could be promising ways ahead? More