December 8, 2023


India was ranked at 122nd position among 181 countries in Global Youth Development Index, 2020. Commonwealth Secretariat released this triennial ranking of youth development for 181 countries.


  • The index measures the status of young people among 181 countries across the world.
  • Singapore was ranked at the top for the first time.
  • It is followed by Slovenia, Norway, Malta and Denmark.
  • The bottom countries in the index include- Chad, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Afghanistan and Niger.
  • Index highlights that, condition of young people has improved worldwide by 3.1 per cent in between 2010 and 2018. However, the progress remained slow.
  • In the index, 156 countries recorded at least slight improvements in their scores.
  • The report also highlights the positive trajectory of youth development pre-pandemic time, which the covid-19 virus could reverse if urgent action is not taken to secure the gain.
  • The top five improvers include- India, Afghanistan, Russia, Ethiopia, and Burkina Faso. They advanced their score on an average by 15.74 per cent.
  • Countries like Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Jordan and Lebanon witnessed the greatest decline in youth development between 2010 and 2018.

How this index ranks countries?

  • The Global Youth Development index ranks countries between the score of 0.00 (lowest) and 1.00 (highest) on the basis of developments in youth with respect to education, health, employment, equality & inclusion, political & civic participation, peace and security.
  • It provides a score on the basis of 27 indicators, including literacy and voting, to showcase the state of 1.8 billion people across the world aged between 15 and 29.
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