REPORT: Putting Young People at the Heart of Development, April 2016
We are in the midst of a unique youth bulge where 1.8 billion peoplei are between the ages of 10-24. This is particularly acute in developing countries where 90% of all young people liveii , with 42% of them in DFID countries.
At the Department for International Development we are committed to putting these young people at the heart of our work. Our programming will support young people to make successful transitions to adulthood, and we will work with young people as agents of social change and as passionate advocates seeking to shape and influence the world that they will inherit.
Youth and the UK Aid Strategy
In November 2015, the Chancellor and Secretary of State for International Development launched the UK Aid Strategy. The strategy has four strategic objectives: -
· Strengthening global peace, security and governance: the government will invest more to tackle the causes of instability, insecurity and conflict, and to tackle crime and corruption.
· Strengthening resilience and response to crises: more support for ongoing crises, more science and technology spend on global public health risks, and support for efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
· Promoting global prosperity: the government will use Official Development Assistance (ODA) to promote economic development and prosperity in the developing world.
· Tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable: the government will strive to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030.
It will simply not be possible to deliver on these objectives without engaging young people seriously: -
· More than 600 million young people live in fragile or conflict afflicted areas and at least 25% of those affected by the Syria Crisis are aged 10-24.
· 75% of young people in developing countries are underutilized, either unemployed or in irregular or informal employment: youth unemployment globally is three times the rate of adults.
· Over 500 million young people live on less than $2 per day, in 2015 it is estimated that there are nearly 126 million young people, aged 15 -24, who are illiterate.
Pushed aside and marginalized young people can struggle to break out of deep rooted cycles of poverty and their deepening grievances can fuel instability. But we want to work with young people as a force for positive change – as engines of growth, deliverers of development and changers of social norms.