Youth report comes out this month

01 Mar 2008


UNDP Turkey will be launching its 2008 National Human Development Report titled “Youth in Turkey” on 21 March 2008 in Ankara.

New Horizons - The report analyses diverse aspects of opportunities that can be provided for youth such as in the fields of education, health, employment and participation and suggests possible arenas for action.

The 2008 National Human Development Report on Youth in Turkey has used an unorthodox approach in its preparation. Young people in Turkey have widely been involved especially during the research. In addition, a comprehensive State of Youth Survey was carried out among more than 3,000 young individuals aged 15-24 in 12 different regions (Istanbul, Adana, Malatya, Ankara, İzmir, Bursa, Tekirdağ, Diyarbakır, Samsun, Trabzon, Kayseri and Erzurum) sampling the entire country and twenty four focus groups were organized with youth and adults. The views and opinions of more than 200 youth and 30 adults were collected during the focus group meetings. The evidence from the survey as well as from the focus groups was used throughout the report to explain the views and proposals of young people, often with direct quotations.

The 2008 National Human Development Report will initially be launched at a conference in Ankara on 21 March with the participation of state agencies and academics working in the area of youth, youth NGOs, universities, embassies and international agencies as well as the representatives of private sector. 

Following the launch, there will be a two-day Knowledge Fair in Ankara World Trade Centre with the participation of tens of youth organisations, student bodies, youth centres, youth assemblies, international institutions and universities, as well as state agencies. The National Human Develoment Report  will be presented to the youth participating in the event and there will be several workshops in related subjects and a few concerts. In the context of the Knowledge Fair, concerts, dance and theatre shows will also be organized. Through these activities, young people who wish to participate more effectively into societal life will have the opportunity to get to know these youth platforms and institutions that work in the field of youth or target youth will have the opportunity to build a stronger communication and cooperation with each other. The event will be open to everyone.