This report presents an overview of the barriers that stand between young people and their opportunities for a decent livelihood. The data summarized here are presented from a regional perspective to buttress the International Youth Foundation (IYF)'s call for a global approach to action. IYF aims to dramatically expand opportunities in the areas of education, employment, and civic engagement.

IYF hopes this paper will further encourage the efforts of policymakers, program implementers, development experts, and youth leaders alike, as together we build a society in which every young person has a real chance to learn, work, and lead.