The First Global Forum on Youth Policies, hailed by UNDP’s Magdy Martínez-Solimán as ‘the most important youth forum of the decade,’ concluded with a commitment of all co-conveners to respect eight youth policy principles, discussed during the Forum, and to implement ten action points in the coming years. A month after the Forum ended, we want to share some of our thinking on the Forum with you – and are putting our own commitments to the community on the table. Click through for what we are planning to do in the next 3 years! More
Between the 28-30 October, the First Global Forum on Youth Policies, co-convened by the Council of Europe, UNDP, UNESCO and the Envoy on Youth, will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, bringing together 700 youth policy experts—from governments and parliaments, youth networks and movements, research and development communities—at a time when renewed interest in and momentum for youth policies struggles with multiple dilemmas and obstacles. For delegate and ministers alike, here is our Top 10 reading recommendations for all those attending! More
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
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
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