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.

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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.

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Listening to Young Lives at Work in India: Third Call
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COVID-19 and the ‘ethics of disruption’: Current dilemmas facing longitudinal research in low- and middle-income countries
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Young lives, interrupted: Short‑term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescents in low- and middleincome countries
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Review of Development Economics
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Country Director, Young Lives India
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Country Director, Young Lives Vietnam
Nguyen Thang, Country Director, Young Lives Vietnam
Santiago Cueto
Country Director, Young Lives Peru
Santiago Cueto, Country Director, Young Lives Peru
Alula Pankhurst
Country Director, Young Lives Ethiopia
Alula Pankhurst, Country Director, Young Lives Ethiopia
Renu Singh
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

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