Peak Youth


The world has more young people than ever before, but for how long? Are we approaching Peak Youth?

Have ever-increasing numbers of young people made the world complacent about fulfilling their potential?

How does the world need to change to make the most of this moment? What will happen if we don’t?

Peak Youth

In this critical year for youth, people and planet, Restless Development believes that the challenge of Peak Youth can no longer be ignored. We are calling for politicians, businesses and opinion formers to come together with young people to explore the answers to these questions together.

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For more, read our article online in the Independent.

Youth facts

What is the Youth Population? How young is the world?
Over half the world’s population is under 30
[UNFPA, The State of World Population, 2014]

What ages count as ‘Youth’? How does Restless Development define youth?
Restless Development sees youth as meaning much more than an age bracket, but for these statistics the United Nations counts people aged between 15 and 24 years old as ‘youth’. [UNFPA]

How many young people are there in the world?
Today we have the most young people in history, with 1.8 billion youth between the ages of 15-24, more than 1 out of every 4 people on the planet. [UNFPA]

Is Africa still getting younger?
9 out of 10 of these young people live in developing countries. Of the six remaining countries where the average age of the population is still getting younger, five of them are in Africa. [UNFPA]

How will the youth population change in the 21st Century?
By 2050, one out of every three young people in the world will be African
[UN Concise Report on the World Population Situation 2014]

Global Youth Population Growth