The Commonwealth’s 52 member countries have a combined population of more than 2 billion, of which more than 60% are under 30 years of age.
The Commonwealth Secretariat sees young people aged 15-29 years-old as assets to a country’s development who should be empowered to realise their potential.
Young people have a proven capability to lead change, and are a vital and valuable investment for now and the future.
The Commonwealth Secretariat’s youth development work is delivered through the Commonwealth Youth Programme, which has been supporting member countries for over 40 years.
Engaging and recognising young people
Supporting member governments
Professionalising youth work
Robin Lockhart from the United Kingdom supports young people, including violent offenders, and the victims of such crimes to transform their lives by helping them to understand their emotions. In this blog, he reflects on his work and being named Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year 2016
Nahiyan Pasha, a 16 year-old young British-Bangladeshi reporter, interviewed Secretary-General Patricia Scotland.
Young business leaders from Commonwealth countries in Asia have called on governments to take steps to boost cross-border trade and provide entrepreneurship training for more young people.
Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu, 20, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Ghana, says the country is a beacon of democracy in Africa after successfully organising six previous elections and the peaceful transfer of power between political parties.
Government officials from 10 Commonwealth countries in western and southern Africa have agreed to implement a set of policy initiatives that will promote youth entrepreneurship as an antidote to rising levels of youth unemployment.