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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.

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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.

Influencing Policy to Reduce Child Marriage in India: Reflections from Young Lives
Impact case study
Listening to Young Lives at Work in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh: Second Call
Country report
Are Schools in India Ready to Support Students During COVID-19? Cover Image featuring a young Indian woman hanging up clothes to dry.
Are Schools in India Ready to Support Students During COVID-19?
Policy paper
Interrupted Education in India (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana): Support for Students During the COVID-19 School Shutdowns
Country report

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Country Director, Young Lives Peru
Santiago Cueto, Country Director, Young Lives Peru
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Country Director, Young Lives Ethiopia
Alula Pankhurst, Country Director, Young Lives Ethiopia
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Country Director, Young Lives India
Renu Singh, Country Director, Young Lives India
Nguyen Thang
Country Director, Young Lives Vietnam
Nguyen Thang, Country Director, Young Lives Vietnam
Marta Favara
Young Lives at Work, Deputy Director, Senior Research Officer, Young Lives
Marta Favara, Young Lives at Work, Deputy Director
Catherine Porter
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Catherine Porter, Research Associate
Alan Sanchez
Principal Investigator, Young Lives Peru
Douglas Scott
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