There are more than 2 billion people under the age of 30 living in Asia and the Pacific, and they represent 54% of the global youth population. To drive sustainable growth, young people must be engaged as active co-leaders of change. The combination of resourcefulness, innovative thinking, and empathy for others that young people possess generates a new kind of leader, one who can contribute significantly to next generation development solutions.
Under and unemployed young people are particularly excluded from the opportunities of participation, leadership and leading productive lives.
ADB has underutilized its potential to engage young people in project design to make the projects more responsive to the needs of young people across the region.
ADB Youth for Asia is a unique initiative where young people join cross-generational project teams bringing innovative perspectives to develop sustainable, resilient and inclusive solutions.
Young people (co-)leading components in the design and implementation of projects
Young people (co-)leading components in evaluation and research using innovative methodologies
Young people advocating for change, (co-)leading campaigns and influencing youth-led development