Youth Policy Working Paper 4: Exploring age-related legislation affecting children and youth

Timed to coincide with the launch of the “General Comment on Adolescence”, our final working paper of 2016 explores the debate surrounding age-related legislation. Minimum age definitions directly influence the realities of children, adolescents and young people: when they can make independent health choices, be tried and held in adult courts and prisons, access financial credit for business or consent to marriage. However, as this paper explores, there is a clear lack of uniformity – both in the debate amongst the child rights community and experienced by young people in reality.

This year’s big moment for youth data: the 2016 edition of the Youth Development Index

The 2016 Youth Development Index – now the only global index exploring the specific situation for children and young people – has been published. This year’s edition is a truly global index, includes scores and analysis for 183 countries. While 142 countries improved their scores, the index sees big changes in the global rankings – including in the top spots – and offers a renewed challenge to policy-makers to ensure they continually respond to young people’s needs. The 2016 YDI is a tough reminder: when it comes to youth, no country can afford to be complacent.

Structures, spaces & places: our reflections on global youth participation opportunities

During the quieter summer time, we have updated our Structures, Spaces & Places page, which provides details of the regional forums, global movements and international processes that young people can participate in. This short blog post outlines some immediate reflections from the research process, notably the absence of regional platforms in Asia and South America, confusion over the legitimate youth organisation in Africa, a reduction in the number of global youth events, and the refocusing of youth organisations in a post Post-2015 world.