How does your country rank?

Posted August 14, 2014 no picture Angélique Pouponneau

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Today’s world is considered a young world where more than 50% of the population is 25 years old and under. In the Commonwealth it is estimated that out of the 2 billion people living in the commonwealth 60% of the population are under the age of 30.

The YDI defines youth development as “enhancing the status of young people, empowering them to build on their competencies and capabilities for life. It will enable young people to contribute and benefit from a politically stable, economically viable and legally supporting environment, ensuring their full participation as active citizens in their countries.”

The Youth Development Index examines youth development in the five priority areas of the Commonwealth: health, education, employment, civil participation and political participation using indicators. However the first YDI’s limitation is many countries do not collect information focused on the indicators being used.

Young people can compare the way their country ranks in the world when it comes to youth development. It is inevitable that each young person will go immediately to find how their country has fared but it is not meant to be an endorsement or condemnation but rather a motivation for action to be taken to improve youth development in countries. This YDI can act as a tool for young people to address decision makers with.

This was the outcome for the Commonwealth countries. The score is from 0 as the lowest to 1 as the highest score.

1 Australia 0.86 High

2 Canada 0.82 High

3 New Zealand 0.80 High

4 Malta 0.77 High

5 United Kingdom 0.77 High

6 Cyprus 0.75 High

7 Jamaica 0.75 High

8 Singapore 0.74 Medium

9 Trinidad and Tobago 0.74 Medium

10 Guyana 0.73 Medium

11 Belize 0.72 Medium

12 Mauritius 0.72 Medium

13 Bahamas 0.72 Medium

14 Barbados 0.72 Medium

15 Samoa 0.72 Medium

16 Tonga 0.71 Medium

17 Malaysia 0.70 Medium

18 Maldives 0.69 Medium

19 Sri Lanka 0.67 Medium

20 Bangladesh 0.64 Medium

21 Antigua and Barbuda 0.63 Medium

22 Pakistan 0.63 Medium

23 Dominica 0.62 Medium

24 Ghana 0.60 Medium

25 India 0.58 Medium

26 South Africa 0.58 Medium

27 Botswana 0.55 Medium

28 Vanuatu 0.54 Medium

29 Sierra Leone 0.54 Medium

30 Saint Lucia 0.53 Medium

31 Brunei 0.53 Medium

32 Fiji 0.52 Medium

33 Lesotho 0.52 Medium

34 Seychelles 0.50 Medium

35 Zambia 0.50 Medium

36 Namibia 0.49 Medium

37 Papua New Guinea 0.48 Medium

38 Grenada 0.47 Medium

39 Solomon Islands 0.44 Medium

40 Cameroon 0.44 Medium

41 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0.43 Medium

42 Tanzania 0.43 Medium

43 Kenya 0.42 Medium

44 Nigeria 0.41 Medium

45 Uganda 0.38 Low

46 Gambia 0.36 Low

47 Rwanda 0.33 Low

48 Malawi 0.33 Low

49 Swaziland 0.30 Low

50 Saint Kitts and Nevis 0.30 Low

51 Mozambique 0.29 Low

N/A Kiribati Inadequate Data

N/A Tuvalu Inadequate Data

N/A Nauru Inadequate Data

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