Global Youth Development Index Update Report 2023

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Youth Development Index

A global overview of the state of youth development, using the most up-to-date comparative data to offer insights and illustrate trends across a range of indicators covering the period 2010–2022.

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The Youth Development Index 2023 report, published during the Commonwealth Year of Youth and for the 50th anniversary of the Commonwealth Youth Programme, will support policy-makers, governments and the public to reflect on progress made over more than a decade, and to develop new strategies for strengthening the enabling environment for youth empowerment. The results in each of the domain areas provide insights into where to invest in co-creating with young people innovative and sustainable solutions for a common future.

The 2023 report updates the data for indicators previously selected and validated by a YDI Technical Group of Experts comprising representatives from governments, development organisations, youth networks, and research and academic institutions. The methodology, outlined in Annex 1, remains unchanged since the 2020 report, which means this update is comparable with previous iterations of the index.

The report provides an interim update on the state of youth development up to 2022, reflecting the most up-to-date comparable data available. This means that it cannot account fully for changes since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of the pandemic is still emerging and needs to be further assessed at national and regional levels before it can be assessed comparatively across the globe.

See the previous Global YDI Report (2020)


About this report

The YDI 2023 Data Dashboard

To compliment the report, all data featured in the Youth Development Index Update 2023 can also be explored through a data dashboard.

The online report

To continue reading the online version of this report, please use the 'Contents' navigation button above or the 'Chapters' buttons below. Alternatively, click the buttons above or below to download the PDF version. 

The online report includes interactive data visualisations that enable readers to view data points as 'tooltips' by moving their cursor over bars, lines and other features of the graphics, and to highlight specific indicators and categories by highlighting the legends. Readers also have the options, via the menu button in the top-right corner of each graphic, to make the graphic full-screen; to download it in various image formats, or the data underlying it as an XLS or CSV file; or to view the underlying data as a table (which will open directly below the graphic). See Figure 2.1 below (from Chapter 2, 'The Global Picture') as an example.


See Annex 2 for a filterable table showing countries' global and Commonwealth rankings, and their scores against the YDI and its six domains, and to download the full index and indicator dataset as an .xlsx file.