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Youth at Risk in the Caribbean


The Caribbean region has made significant progress on social and economic indicators over the last few decades. However, there are new emerging challenges in the region. The youth development agenda, policies and programs to deal with increasing problems of violence and crime, and efforts to build the necessary skills for youth through the formal education system and other skills development programs, are all part of the new development agenda in the Caribbean.

The World Bank is committed to work with our client countries and strengthen the institutional capacity in response to these emerging challenges. Some actions have already come to the fore in the Latin American and Caribbean region, such as the Young Voices initiative and the launch of projects ranging from second chance education to urban upgrade to assist young people’s development.

The World Bank has launched a Toolkit for At-Risk Youth which provides rigorous evidence of programs and policies that have been proven to prevent risky youth behavior. The publication Supporting Youth at Risk: A Policy Toolkit for Middle Income Countries was produced in response to a growing demand from government clients and partners for advice on how to create and implement effective policies for at-risk youth.  

It highlights policies that have been effective in addressing key risk areas for young people around the world. This toolkit builds upon the Bank’s knowledge on a country-by-country basis in order to draw regional lessons, arguing that youth development

BOOR brochure
Regional Caribbean Conference on Keeping Boys Out of Risk brochure 

Crime book cover

is an important input to economic development. It analyzes the root causes of risky behaviors and proposes strategies for implementation of a youth portfolio in a budget constrained environment, presenting a menu of evidence-based policy options.

For the Caribbean region, the World Bank’s priority areas include Human Development,  with the aim to expand individual’s ability to fully participate in society with access to equal opportunities, and Reducing Crime and Violence, focusing on both prevention and response instruments.

In 2007 the World Bank and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) published the report Crime, Violence, and Development: Trends, Costs, and Policy Options in the Caribbean. The report studies the high rates of crime and violence in the Caribbean as factors undermining growth, threatening human welfare, and impeding social development.


In the Useful Resources and Links you will find more information. Also, please see our brochure on the Regional Caribbean Initiative on Keeping Boys Out of Risk  












Caribbean Initiative Focuses on Youth at Risk 


Contest on Boys at Risk 


Caribbean Conference 


Common Platform for Action 


Best Practices Fair 






Youth at Risk in the Caribbean 





Press Release     


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Background Materials    


Brochures on Initiative 


Conference Materials 

 Resource Kit




Commonwealth Secretariat 


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