Sri Lanka ranks 31st in Global Youth Development Index

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Nov 01, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has been ranked 31st in the Global Youth Development Index (YDI) 2016 based on a country’s condition for the youth in terms of employment, education, health, civic and political spheres.

The YDI is a composite index of 18 indicators that collectively measure multi-dimensional progress on youth development in 183 countries was compiled by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

It includes 49 of the 53 Commonwealth countries and has five domains measuring levels of education, health and well-being, employment and opportunity, political participation and civic participation for young people.

“Of the eight South Asian countries, five improved their YDI scores, with the largest improvements being made in Sri Lanka and India,” the report said.

India was placed 133rd in the index, below the neighboring countries like Nepal (77), Bhutan (69).

The top 10 countries on the index are Germany, Denmark, Australia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Austria, Luxembourg, Portugal and Japan respectively.