Leadership & Government

Almost two thirds (65%) of the One Young World community think their government does not prioritise the needs and interests of young people.

Is 21st century politics fit for purpose?

  • Cultural barriers to young people’s participation
  • The relationship between low voter turnout and youth unemployment
  • The role of education in encouraging political participation

Young people are increasingly less politically aligned and interested in democratic politics. Over two thirds (68%) of the One Young World community said young people in their country take their democratic rights for granted. In the developing world, political participation and access is too often restricted, denied or tainted by corruption and cronyism. Furthermore, more than half (54%) of the One Young World community think cultural attitudes towards young people in their country limit their participation in politics. In the developed world, political participation is an opportunity that is increasingly rejected outright by many young people who are disillusioned and mistrustful of government.

Trust for politicians is reflected in low voter turnout leading to political systems that are not engaged with young people’s needs. Almost two thirds (65%) of the One Young World community think their government does not prioritise the needs and interests of young people. Finding ways to break down barriers to political participation is essential to tackle the critical issue of youth unemployment and provide security for future generations.