The report, commissioned by Restless Development, War Child UK and Youth Business International, found that in many countries around the world, children and young people's lives are being affected by factors such as:
The findings come via research conducted by a team of young researchers in 18 countries, as well as through a global survey of over 800 youth activists and youth organisations. You can download the full report (108 pages) here or the highlights report (20 pages) here.
Of the 18 research projects conducted around the world, 16 discovered serious challenges faced by young people as they seek to complete their education, participate in society and prepare themselves for work. The research sheds new light on the connection between youth and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which entered force on 1 January 2016. It highlights a contradiction: while the involvement of young people is widely acknowledged to be crucial if the SDGs are to succeed, there are an increasing number of barriers inhibiting this involvement. The report argues that if we are to have any chance of making meaningful progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, stronger policies and interventions will be needed to open up space for children and young people. Further findings:
The research also found some positives:
For the full report, including longer research reports from the Global Young Researchers, go to www.fromrhetorictoaction.org.
The Case for Space initiative was set up by three leading youth agencies - Restless Development, War Child UK, and Youth Business International - to learn more about the barriers for children and young people, particularly in the light of the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative, which is funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development, commissioned Youth Policy Labs to research and write the From Rhetoric to Action report.