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.

Supporting Married, Cohabiting and Divorced Adolescents: Insights from Comparative Research
Policy paper
Young Marriage, Parenthood and Divorce
Research Report
Exploring Well-Being among 22-Year-Old Youth in India
Working paper
Maternal Age and Offspring Human Capital in India
Journal Article

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Santiago Cueto
Country Director, Young Lives Peru
Alula Pankhurst
Country Director, Young Lives Ethiopia
Renu Singh
Country Director, Young Lives India
Nguyen Thang
Country Co-Director , Young Lives Vietnam
Andy McKay
Julia Tilford
Communications Manager
Marta Favara
Young Lives at Work, Deputy Director, Senior Research Officer, Young Lives
Alan Sanchez
Principal Investigator, Young Lives Peru
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Research Associate

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