Youth Participation Index in WB&T

Youth Participation Index
Monitoring report of Political, Social and Economic Participation of Youth 2019 in Albania, Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey

Youth Participation Index (YPI), measures the level of opportunity for young people to be involved in the decision-making processes. The YPI consists of three pillars: political participation of young people, social participation of young people, and economic participation of young people. Youth Participation Index was developed by the Youth Hub Western Balkans and Turkey Network (YH4WBT Network), to help decision-makers create frameworks and tools to ensure the active involvement of young people in all decision-making processes that affect them. It was established in 2016 to ensure greater involvement of young people in Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey.

The findings from YPI 2019 show that young people are still largely excluded from the prevailing social, economic, and political processes, although there was some evidence of progress. In comparison with EU level data, the WB&T youth are nine times less involved in all processes in their respective countries. Based on the identified challenges concerning the absence of relevant youth-sensitive data and the low level of youth participation, this report outlines key recommendations.  The full report is available here.

The network was established through the project Youth Banks Hub for Western Balkans and Turkey. The coordinator of this project is the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation from Serbia. The project is being implemented in partnership with Partners Albania for Change and Development from Albania, Association for Education – MLADIINFO International from North Macedonia, NGO Prima from Montenegro, and Community Volunteers Foundation from Turkey (TOG).

This project is financed by the European Union.