Commonwealth Youth Programme - Youth Development Index Concept Note

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Youth Development Indicators have been on the agenda of the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) and its Youth Ministers Meetings since 1998. At first the Youth Development Index was perceived as being analogous to the Human Development Index (HDI), raising concerns among member countries that it would become an inter-country ranking exercise. There is wider support for the YDI concept now that: • It is about indicators plural, rather than arriving at a single number outcome • Countries are expected to elaborate their own indicators, within certain regional and Pan-Commonwealth guidelines

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