As of January 2013, of 198 countries, 99 (50%) have a current youth policy. A further 56 (28%) are revising their existing or, in a few cases, developing their first national youth policy. A total of 43 states (22%) has no youth policy (yet). Click through for the details. Here’s a summary guide to the 2013 publication of the Youth Policy Labs annual review of the state of youth policy around the world.

Which countries have a national youth policy?

As of January 2013, of 198 countries, 99 (50%) have a current youth policy. A further 56 (28%) are revising their existing or, in a few cases, developing their first national youth policy. A total of 43 states (22%) has no youth policy (yet).


You can access and download most of the existing national youth policies as well as drafts for youth policies under revision at http://www.youthpolicy.org/nationalyouthpolicies/, where we maintain the most comprehensive global overview of national youth policies.

National Youth Policies [January 2013]
National Youth Policies [January 2013] blue: NYP exists; green: NYP under revision; grey: no NYP.
Full details for the regions of the world are in the table below.

We use the UN Statistics Division’s geoscheme to refer to the geographical (continental) regions and geographical sub-regions of the world (additional info).

Note that the existence of a national youth policy does not necessarily mean that it is being implemented – or that it is particularly good for young people.

With one of the next reports on the state of youth policy we will introduce some more detail with regard to the implementation and quality of existing national youth policies.

Region Subregion Total countries (n) NYP exists (n) NYP exists (%) Under revision (n) Under revision (%) No NYP at all (n) No NYP at all (%)
World (status quo: January 18, 2013)
World total 198 99 50 % 56 28 % 43 22 %
Africa
Eastern Africa 18 5 28 % 9 50 % 4 22 %
Middle Africa 9 3 33 % 1 11 % 5 56 %
Northern Africa 6 1 17 % 1 17 % 4 67 %
Southern Africa 5 4 80 % 1 20 % 0 0 %
Western Africa 16 8 50 % 4 25 % 4 25 %
Africa total 54 21 39 % 16 30 % 17 31 %
Americas
Latin America & Caribbean
Caribbean 14 5 36 % 7 50 % 2 14 %
Central America 8 5 63 % 3 38 % 0 0 %
South America 12 7 58 % 3 25 % 2 17 %
Subtotal LAC 34 17 50 % 13 38 % 4 12 %
Northern America
Northern America 2 0 0 % 1 50 % 1 50 %
Subtotal NA 2 0 0 % 1 50 % 1 50 %
Americas total 36 17 47 % 14 39 % 5 14 %
Asia
Central Asia 5 3 60 % 1 20 % 1 20 %
Eastern Asia 6 4 67 % 0 0 % 2 33 %
Southern Asia 9 4 44 % 4 44 % 1 11 %
South-Eastern Asia 11 6 55 % 1 9 % 4 36 %
Western Asia 18 6 33 % 8 44 % 4 22 %
Asia total 49 23 47 % 14 29 % 12 24 %
Europe
Eastern Europe 10 8 80 % 1 10 % 1 10 %
Northern Europe 10 6 60 % 2 20 % 2 20 %
Southern Europe 15 9 60 % 3 20 % 3 20 %
Western Europe 9 4 44 % 2 22 % 3 33 %
Europe total 44 27 61 % 8 18 % 9 20 %
Oceania
Australia & New Z. 2 2 100 % 0 0 % 0 0 %
Melanesia 4 3 75 % 1 25 % 0 0 %
Micronesia 5 3 60 % 2 40 % 0 0 %
Polynesia 4 3 75 % 1 25 % 0 0 %
Oceania total 15 11 73 % 4 27 % 0 0 %
World
World total 198 99 50 % 56 28 % 43 22 %

 

If you would like to access existing national youth policies as well as drafts for youth policies that are currently under revision, head over to http://www.youthpolicy.org/nationalyouthpolicies/, where we maintain the most comprehensive global overview of national youth policies.

Written by Youthpolicy Team

Youthpolicy Team

At youthpolicy.org, we are building a global evidence-base for youth policy. We are published by Youth Policy Press, a global publishing house on youth issues. We generate and consolidate knowledge and information on youth policies; critically report from and about global youth events; and more. Email us at curious@youthpolicy.org.