Back in January 2013, of 198 countries, only 99 (50%) had a current youth policy. 15 months later, the situation has changed impressively. Here’s a summary guide to the 2014 publication of the Youth Policy Labs annual review of the state of youth policy around the world. The report, which combines data, research and published articles, was officially launched in Sri Lanka at the World Conference on Youth in May 2014.

Which countries have a national youth policy?

The state of youth policy in 2014 report

As of April 2014, of 198 countries, 122 countries (62%) have a national youth policy, up from 99 (50%) in 2013. Across all continents, 37 states (19%) are either developing a new or revising their current youth policy, down from 56 (28%) in 2013. 31 countries have no national youth policy at the moment (16%), down from 43 (22%) in 2013. Of those, 14 are in Africa, 9 in Asia, 5 in the Americas, and 3 in Europe.

See the map and the key numbers in the table below.

The full report (pdf, 10 MB) is available in our library, including an overview of where national youth platforms (page 29 ff.) and national youth authorities (page 33 ff.) for youth exist.


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 [April 2014]
National Youth Policies [April 2014] blue: NYP exists (light blue: draft); green: NYP under revision (light green: initial development); grey: no NYP (light grey: status unclear). Click the image for a larger version.

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 the 2015 report on the state of youth policy, we will introduce additional 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: April 28, 2014)
World total in 2014 198 122 62 % 37 19 % 32 16 %
World total in 2013 198 99 50 % 56 28 % 43 22 %
Africa
Eastern Africa 18 7 39 % 7 39 % 3 17 %
Middle Africa 9 3 33 % 1 11 % 4 44 %
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 % 3 19 %
Africa total in 2014 54 23 43 % 14 26 % 14 26 %
Africa total in 2013 54 21 39 % 16 30 % 17 31 %
Americas
Latin America & Caribbean
Caribbean 14 7 50 % 3 21 % 2 14 %
Central America 8 7 88 % 1 13 % 0 0 %
South America 12 7 58 % 2 17 % 2 17 %
Subtotal LAC 34 21 62 % 6 18 % 4 12 %
Northern America
Northern America 2 1 50 % 1 50 % 0 0 %
Subtotal NA 2 1 50 % 1 50 % 0 0 %
Americas total 2014 36 22 61 % 6 17 % 5 14 %
Americas total 2013 36 17 47 % 14 39 % 5 14 %
Asia
Central Asia 5 5 100 % 0 0 % 0 0 %
Eastern Asia 6 4 67 % 0 0 % 1 17 %
Southern Asia 9 6 67 % 1 11 % 2 22 %
South-Eastern Asia 11 6 55 % 3 27 % 2 18 %
Western Asia 18 7 39 % 7 39 % 4 22 %
Asia total in 2014 49 28 57 % 11 22 % 9 18 %
Asia total in 2013 49 23 47 % 14 29 % 12 24 %
Europe
Eastern Europe 10 9 90 % 0 0 % 0 0 %
Northern Europe 10 9 90 % 0 0 % 1 10 %
Southern Europe 15 11 73 % 3 20 % 1 7 %
Western Europe 9 6 67 % 2 22 % 1 11 %
Europe total in 2014 44 35 80 % 5 11 % 3 7 %
Europe total in 2013 44 27 61 % 8 18 % 9 20 %
Oceania
Australia & New Z. 2 2 100 % 0 0 % 0 0 %
Melanesia 4 4 100 % 0 0 % 0 0 %
Micronesia 5 5 100 % 0 0 % 0 0 %
Polynesia 4 3 75 % 1 25 % 0 0 %
Oceania total 2014 15 14 93 % 1 7 % 0 0 %
Oceania total 2013 15 11 73 % 4 27 % 0 0 %
World
World total in 2014 198 122 62 % 37 19 % 31 16 %
World total in 2013 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.

The full report (pdf, 10 MB) is available in our library, including an overview of where national youth platforms (page 29 ff.) and national youth authorities (page 33 ff.) for youth exist.



How could we resist? Here is our postcard for the launch event of the 2014 report :)

Launch event: the state of youth policy in 2014

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.

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