Definition of Youth
The Conception of State Youth Policy (1998) defines youth as between 16-30 years.
- Opposite Sex
- Same Sex
- Without parental consent
- with parental consent
Source: Inter-Parliamentary Union
Situation of Young People
- 99.66% Male (15-24) %
- 99.81% Female (15-24) %
- Year: 2015
- Source: UNESCO
Net Enrolment RateSecondary School
- 76.50%Male %
- 90.70% Female %
- Year: 2012
- Source: UNESCO
Situation of Young People
Policy & Legislation
The 2013-17 Strategy for the State Youth Policy of the Republic of Armenia (2012) builds on the Conception of State Youth Policy (1998) and presents specific outputs, funding and implementation dates. The 2012 strategy is based on research studies including the National Youth Report of Armenia (2011) and Aspirations and Expectations of the Youth of Armenia (2012) by UNDP. The Deputy Minister of Sport and Youth commented that previous studies were based on little research. According to Youth.am in November 2012, the strategy prioritises,
[p]articipation, employment, social and economic issues, reinforcement of a healthy lifestyle and increase of spiritual-cultural values-these are the main directions established in the strategy.Previous youth strategies include the Youth Policy Strategies of 2005-2007 and 2008-2012.
(ministry, department or office) that is primarily responsible for youth?
Youth and Representation
to be a platform of communication, cognition and cooperations [sic] of youth, also a stage for freely expressing thoughts and opinions. Our organization protects the interests of youth and publicizes their opinions.Campaigns have encompassed health, social, cultural and spiritual issues. The NYCA has been a full member of the European Youth Forum since 2002.
Budget & Spending
- % of GDP
- % of gov. expenditure
Source: World Bank
Gaps indicate missing data from the original data source. (Accessed August 2013).
The serious pitfall of the National Youth Policy sphere in Armenia is the absence of the systematized evaluation of its effectiveness. Fragmentary evaluations are made by state structures, YNGOs and the Council of Youth Affairs by the Prime Minister, but a structured and periodical mechanism of Youth Policy evaluation and assessment needs to be developed.
One of the negative tendencies is the increasing “politisation” of the youth policy sphere. The youth policy structures were traditionally a politics-free zone and the YNGO sector was promoting this situation through its lobbing efforts. This was giving a possibility to secure the National Youth Policy from the effects of numerous political changes that were happening in the Republic. But last couple of years due to increasing political confrontations between different political parties, there is a tendency to give a political color to youth policy as well. More and more issues relating to the National Youth Policy are discussed in political couloirs before reaching the youth sector, which is negatively affecting the trust of YNGOs (especially the vast majority of non-political YNGOs) towards the National Youth Policy.A UNFPA report (2011) showed a significant preference in families for male children:
Despite the positive findings, however, the report does bring to light an alarming trend in Armenian society. In particular, the study suggests that the general public prefers having boys much more than having girls – roughly six times more. Not surprisingly, this preference tends to be bigger in rural areas. According to the report, 0.8 per cent of 900,000 Armenian women of reproductive age have had a sex selective abortion in the last five years. This amounts to the loss of 1400 potential mothers every year in Armenia.A British Council release indicated,
Government statistics indicate that a gender imbalance in births has existed since the early 1990s, but the trend has become more visible in recent years. The State Statistical Service of Armenia reports that 23,800 boys and 20,900 girls were born in 2010, working out to a rate of about 114 male births for every 100 female births. In 2009, 23,600 boys and 20,700 girls were born, marking approximately the same birth ratio as in 2010.