Youth policy

With over 60 per cent of its citizens under the age of 30, the Commonwealth is committed to the current and future needs of its young people. 

Publication date: 4 September 2017
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Youth Work in the Commonwealth: A Growth Profession aims to help countries learn from good practices, and assess gaps in establishing youth work as a recognised profession in diverse contexts.

Publication date: 24 July 2017
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

A compendium of concepts to initiate dialogue, and mobilise consensus around visions and strategies for young people. Includes tools and techniques that support initiatives to mainstream youth rights, voices and capabilities across government and other institutions. It is aimed policy-makers and practitioners engaged in development planning.

Series title: Global Youth Development Index and Report
Number within series: 1
Publication date: 21 October 2016
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

The Commonwealth's 2016 Global Youth Development Index and Report is an overview of the development of young people (aged 15 -30) in 183 countries, including 49 Commonwealth countries. It analyses 18 indicators across five domains -- education, health and well-being, employment and opportunity, political participation and civic participation.

Publication date: 1 December 2009
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) acknowledged the modern understanding of childhood. It formulated what children can expect as a set of rights as distinct from welfare or kindness from adults. This book examines the importance of child rights, and provides an overview of the key themes of the CRC.

Contributor: Hanif Vally
Publication date: 1 January 2004
Format: Paperback

This book teaches young people about the concept and practice of citizenship and how it relates to the Commonwealth. It will help young people to understand how citizens' rights and responsibilities have developed, evaluate those developments and see how they can participate in defining and using citizens' rights now and in the future.

Contributor: John Hatchard
Publication date: 1 January 2003
Format: Paperback

This title provides an overview of some of the key legal issues that affect youth in Commonwealth countries. The issues covered fall, directly or indirectly, within the scope of the Harare Commonwealth Declaration of 1991.