What have we learnt?

On average, youth development has been improving, although progress is slow. Between 2010 and 2018, the global average youth development score improved by 3.1 per cent.

156 of the 181 countries included in the index (86%) improved their scores. Singapore had the highest level of youth development and Chad the lowest.

Top 10 Global Countries by Rank

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Tracking progress in the Commonwealth is important, given that more than 60 per cent of its population of over 2 billion is under 30 years old. Of the 48 Commonwealth countries included in the 2020 YDI, 40 (83%) improved their scores. The Commonwealth average score improved by 2.8% compared with the 3.1% improvement in the global average.

Although two Commonwealth countries (Singapore and Malta) are in the top 10 of global countries, one (Mozambique) is in the lowest-ranked countries. More than half of the Commonwealth countries included in the index are in the low or medium youth development categories.

Progress in the thematic domains has been varied. Click the icons below to explore each theme.


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2020 Global Youth Development Index Report