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Children and Youth investments in the World Bank Portfolio, 2000-2010

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 Despite yearly fluctuations, child- and youth-specific investments increased continuously during the period FY00-FY10, to become 5 times higher in 2010 than in 2000 (Figure 1). The Bank has invested $25.4 billion in children and youth development over this period. The big jump in investment in FY09 and FY10 reflects the Bank’s post-crisis investment trends, with a steep increase in the value of loans and grants rather than in the number of projects. Overall, children and youth as share of total Bank investment remained constant during the period FY00-FY10, at approximately 8% on average. Reflecting a steadily growing client demand, the past decade has also seen a tripling in the number of projects targeting children and youth, from 32 projects in FY00 to 100 in FY10 (Figure 1).

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Investments targeted toward children, in terms of both value and number of loans and grants, has consistently been greater than investments in youth. In FY10, child-specific investments reached over $2.6 billion, spread across 63 projects; investments targeting youth amounted to $2.2 billion, with 49 projects (Figure 2). During the past decade, an average of 70% of all projects dedicated to children and youth had a child-specific component while half of them included a youth-specific component. In terms of investment, however, the gap has been decreasing, with youth specific investment reaching 46% of the total child and youth portfolio in FY10 (up from 16% in FY00).

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South Asia (SAR) and Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) each invested, on average, more than $1.1 billion annually in FY09/Y10, equivalent to 56% of total Bank investment amount on children and youth. East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) and Africa follow; sharing 22% and 17% of children and youth oriented investments. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Eastern and Central Europe (ECA) represent only a very small share of overall investment (Figure 3).

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Youth in Numbers

Started by the Latin America and the Africa Region, the Youth in Numbers series is comprised of six booklets, one for each operational region of the World Bank. The booklets compile data tables and sources of information to provide a handy reference guide for young people and practitioners who are concerned with understanding and improving the well-being of young people. The data sources and presentation of the information are as similar as possible between the booklets to allow for intra-region and cross-regional comparisons.

Each booklet is organized into two sections. The first section reproduces tables of statistical indicators that have been collected by various multi-lateral organizations. The most recent information available is presented in the areas of: population, education, health, and employment. Wherever possible, the indicators are disaggregated by gender. The source of the data and the webpage address from which the data were drawn are identified at the bottom of each table, thus allowing users to rapidly access updated information as it becomes available.

The second section cites databases, websites, and reports containing statistics on youth, which were identified during the process of producing this booklet. This compilation is not comprehensive, but it is intended to direct the user toward a subset of resources that can be used to begin a deeper understanding about the state of the world’s young people.

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Last updated: 2011-08-31

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