India has been ranked 133rd out of 183 countries in the 2016 Global Youth Development Index (YDI) compiled by the Commonwealth Secretariat.
The Global Youth Development Index report measures countries’ prospects for young people in employment, education, health, civic and political spheres.
- Top 10 countries in 2016 YDI: Germany (1), Denmark (2), Australia (3), Switzerland (4), UK (5), Netherlands (6), Austria (7), Luxembourg (8), Portugal (9) and Japan (10)
- India’s neighbours: Sri Lanka (31), Bhutan (69) and Nepal (77).
- India related facts: India accounts for nearly 20% of the global youth population, with nearly 345 million young people between the ages of 15 and 30 living in the country.
- India is currently experiencing the most significant “youth bulge” – with nearly 27% of its total population made up of young people.
- India’s overall rank in 2016 YDU is relatively low, but it has registered an 11% improvement in scores over last five years (from 2010 and 2015).
- The report highlights need for greater investment to reap so-called demographic dividend.
- Youth development levels in India lag particularly in the domains of education, health and employment.