The Youth Development Index, developed by the Commonwealth Secretariat, measures the status of young people in 183 countries around the world.
The index is a comprehensive measure across five domains that are critical to youth development - education, health, employment, and civic and political participation – and builds on an earlier version created by the Commonwealth in 2013.
It informs policy-makers about young people's needs and opportunities, indicating areas of success and where attention and investment is needed. It also acts as a data advocacy tool, highlighting the importance of gathering statistics on key youth indicators in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Global Youth Development Report and Index was released in October 2016.