Youth in the Maldives : Shaping a New Future for Young Women and Men through Engagement and Empowerment

Pawlak, Piotr ; Ghosh, Parthapriya ; El-Horr, Jana ; Smith, Dustin ; Correia, Maria

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This report responds to the growing concern over issues facing Maldivian youth today, and specifically, to a request made by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to examine the status of youth in the Maldives. Such concerns are certainly warranted, particularly in light of a regional youth bulge which is taking place in South Asia, as well as an observed increase in at risk behavior such as youth drug use and membership in gangs. While a number of studies have sought to examine youth issues in the Maldives, a comprehensive and holistic assessment is lacking. This report was aimed at helping to fill this knowledge gap. This report examines issues affecting young people in the Maldives as they transition from adolescence to adulthood, and based on this analysis and a review of international good practice, recommends a number of actions for the Government s consideration. The analysis focused on youth experiences as they pertain to: health, education, labor, family structure, gangs and violence, and civic engagement and participation. A youth development framework, based on public health literature and adapted to the Maldives, serves as the organizing structure of the report. The report draws on original data collection and analysis, as well as an extensive review of existing literature. With regard to data collection, the study involved field-based research including a household survey and in-depth interviews, and focus-group discussions with youth and stakeholders in the Maldives.

Document type: Working paper
Place of Publication: Washington, D.C.
Date: 2014
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2015
Number of Pages: 96
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Social sciences
Controlled Keywords: Malediven, Jugendpolitik, Empowerment
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malediven, Jugend, Staatliche Förderung / Maldives, Youth, Empowerment
Subject (classification): Sociology
Countries/Regions: Maldives
Additional Information: © World Bank. License: CC BY 3.0 IGO