Global Youth Wellbeing Index

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The first Global Youth Wellbeing Index was launched in April 2014. With the support of Hilton Worldwide, the Index is a product of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the International Youth Foundation (IYF). The 2014 report details the performance and provides comparative analysis of 30 countries in terms of overall youth wellbeing using six domains (citizen participation; economic opportunity; education; health; information and communications technology; safety and security).

The Index is designed to promote attention to young people and consultation regarding their needs. It is also to deliberate dialogue around youth’s issues and to invest in young people as catalysts for development, prosperity and security. The Index also provides guidance on data gaps relevant in the context for the emerging post-2015 development goals agenda. The Index is primarily for youth themselves, policymakers, donors and investors, and implementers.

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2014 Main findings (see right)

  • A large majority of the world’s youth are experiencing lower levels of well-being (15% experience high or upper-middle well-being, 85% experience lower-middle and low well-being)
  • Even where young people are doing relatively well, they still face specific challenges and limitations
  • Even where youth may not be thriving, they display success in certain areas
  • How young people feel about their own well-being does not always align with what the objective data suggests
  • Across countries, domain average scores indicate youth faring strongest in health and weakest in economic opportunity
  • Overall, youth well-being trends correlate more strongly with countries’ income levels than their regions. Moreover, young people in wealthier countries tend to have higher overall well-being.


  • Advance youth voices and participation
  • Promote deeper-dive and targeted research and analysis
  • Consider integrated policies and programs
  • Advance the body of age-disaggregated and youth survey data

See also

The Good Childhood Index
The Child and Youth Well-being Index
Holistic Early Childhood Development Index
UNICEF Child-Wellbeing measure

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