Global Youth Wellbeing Index Launched


The International Youth Foundation (IYF) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), with support from Hilton WorldWide, released the Global Youth Wellbeing Index

This groundbreaking tool examines the quality of life for young people in 30 countries—collectively representing nearly 70 percent of the world’s youth population—and offers the first comprehensive measurement of their wellbeing. The understanding gained from the index will allow policymakers, businesses, and other leaders to invest more strategically in critical youth programming and elevate youth issues to the top of the global agenda.

Although youth ages 10 to 24 comprise a quarter of the world’s population, they remain an underutilized source of innovation, energy, and enthusiasm. In fact, nearly 300 million of the world’s youth are neither working nor studying. Yet, at a time when policy and investment decisions to address these challenges are increasingly metric-driven, existing data on youth development and wellbeing is often fragmented, inconsistent, or nonexistent.
To provide a complete picture of youth wellbeing, the index assesses 40 indicators across six interconnected domains: citizen participation, economic opportunity, education, health, information and communications technology, and safety and security.

AT 21st, GHANA is the highest ranking sub-Saharan African country in the Index, and the only one to place above the lowest of the four tiers. It places in the lower-middle tier of youth wellbeing, aligning with other countries in the lower middle income bracket. Though youth express a positive outlook in citizen participation and economic opportunity, across the other domains, youths’ outlooks generally skew more toward less satisfaction. Youth express particularly lower dependence on the Internet.

See full report here.