About India

India will soon have the largest and youngest workforce the world has ever seen and improving levels of education and skills will be critical to meet the aspirations of India’s young people. While primary education has largely been universalised, learning outcomes remain low. Less than 10% of adults have completed secondary education, and the government has set an ambitious target of achieving near-universal enrolment in secondary education by 2017. Improving health care will be equally important. Although India’s health indicators have improved, maternal and child mortality rates remain very high and 40% of the world’s malnourished children (217 million) are in India. Visit the Young Lives India website to learn more.

Our research

The Young Lives study sites are spread across 6 districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Our findings show that multidimensional poverty not just monetary poverty has decreased, but inequalities remain entrenched. Malnutrition remains high among the Young Lives children, with 40% of the poorest children being stunted.  Our education findings show near universal enrolment among the Younger Cohort (age 12) and that 72% of the Older Cohort had completed secondary education (with 50% still in education at age 19). Although fewer young people are married by age 19 than might have been expected, early marriage is still an issue for girls.

A Statistical Analysis of Child Marriage in India based on 2011 Census
Country report
PPVT Ethiopia, India and Vietnam
Equating Test Scores for Receptive Vocabulary Across Rounds and Cohorts in Ethiopia, India & Vietnam
Technical notes
Can the Major Public Works Policy Buffer Negative Shocks in Early Childhood? Evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India
Journal Article
Young Lives School Surveys, 2016–17: The Design & Development of Cross-Country Maths & English Tests in Ethiopia, India & Vietnam
Technical notes

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