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By FutureLaw Desk

The Commonwealth has released the Commonwealth Youth Development Index (YDI) 2016 today. YDI is a composite index of 18 indicators that collectively measure multi-dimensional progress on youth development in 183 countries, including 49 of the 53 Commonwealth countries. Among the 183 countries, Bangladesh ranked at 146th with ‘very poor’ level.

YDI Bangladesh 2

The Global Youth Development Index and Report 2016 was prepared by a Commonwealth Secretariat Youth Division research team. It has five domains measuring levels of education, health and well-being, employment and opportunity, political participation and civic participation for young people. The YDI is guided by the Commonwealth definition of youth as people between the ages of 15 and 29. 

Bangladesh ranked second lowest in South Asia, below neighboring countries like Sri Lanka (31), Bhutan (69), Nepal (77) and India (133). Pakistan holds the lowest score in South Asia at rank 154.

YDI Bangladesh

The top 10 countries on the index are largely from Europe – Germany (1), Denmark (2), Switzerland (4), United Kingdom (5), Netherlands (6), Austria (7), Luxembourg (8), Portugal (9) – with Australia (3) and Japan (10) as the two exceptions.
Read and download the Commonwealth YDI 2016 below –

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