Directorate for Public Governance

Youth Stocktaking Report


The OECD Youth Stocktaking Report is the first of its kind to take stock of existing public governance arrangements for effective and inclusive youth engagement and empowerment. It draws on OECD evidence on open government, gender equality, public sector innovation, public budgeting, regulatory policy, and other areas. 


We have also produced a youthful summary of the Stocktaking Report - Check out Engaging and Empowering Youth Across the OECD!



The Report has been youth checked!


The OECD ran a public consultation from 18 May - 12 August 2018 to provide a space for young people and youth policy practitioners to share their thoughts on how a youth-friendly government operates, and to enrich the report with practical examples.


We received feedback from participants from 39 countries, and 56% of respondents were between 14 – 29 years old. Among the respondents were Denja Otte from Germany, Hanadi Al-Saidi from Canada, Fernando Garci-Crespo from Mexico, Andrew Chen from the United States and Tiago Cunha from Portugal. These young participants offered their views on what is required from their governments and public administration for them to successfully deliver on the needs of youth.



Key findings and evidence gaps





  1. Youth policy: Less than half of all OECD countries have an operational national youth strategy in place. Some do not seem to deliver on international standards.

  2. Institutions and co-ordination: A variety of practices exists to steer and co-ordinate youth affairs across ministries and levels of government. There are gaps in the available evidence on the workforce and budgets allocated for delivering youth policy and services.

  3. Mainstreaming tools: Only a small number of countries apply tools to mainstream youth concerns in policy making and service delivery, and sound evidence on their impact is missing.

  4. Youth engagement and representation: Young people are underrepresented in state institutions and participation in public and political life through formal channels appears to be on the decline. Governments and youth have yet to fully harness the potential of alternative avenues for youth to shape policy outcomes.

  5. Legal frameworks and minimum ages: While a legally binding international framework focused on "youth" does not exist, youth laws/acts have emerged in some countries. However, in some cases, contested minimum ages continue to undermine young persons' access to public services and autonomy.





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