Recent Projects

ASEAN Youth Development Index

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations Youth Development Index (ASEAN YDI) was developed following a 2015 commitment by member States – Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. NAPS was contracted as one of two consultants to facilitate workshops with member States’ representatives, youth organisations, ASEAN secretariat and UNFPA to design an index based on the Global YDI but tailored to the ASEAN context. Once a set of indicators and methodology had been agreed upon by all member States, NAPS constructed the ASEAN YDI and provided analysis and context in the report which can be found at ASEAN YDI

Indonesian Youth Development Index

NAPS was contracted by The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to develop the framework for an Indonesian Youth Development Index (IYDI) in 2016 with a national consultant. Consultations with Youth representatives, Youth advocacy organisations, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and Government took place to gauge the issues facing youth in Indonesia, the data available and the current political policy climate. In 2017 NAPS was again contracted to further develop this framework into the IYDI. Utilising data provided by the National Statistics Office and stakeholder input from across ministries and NGOs the IYDI was constructed. The IYDI is at both the national and provincial levels and is presented in a report analysing the trends across multiple domains. The report also includes thematic sections on issues where data is not yet available or fit for purpose, but issues were still deemed as important to the Indonesian youth. The report contains recommendations and next steps for improvements to future iterations and youth policy.

Cambodian Youth Development Index

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NAPS was contracted by UNFPA to bring an international overview of youth development measures to be considered in the construction of a Cambodian YDI (CYDI). NAPS also facilitated workshops with youth representatives, NGOs and Government on issues facing youth in Cambodia and summarised these for inclusion in the CYDI and associated report. Data was sourced from already publicly available data at the province level to show a finer level picture of youth development across the country than other existing indexes. The results and analysis, along with thematic issues chapters, were included in the final report. The results were also taken on a capacity building tour to provinces.


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In 2017 NAPS was contracted by The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) to create a Statistical Annex of youth-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY) indicators at global and regional levels. This work included data mining of the UN Statistics Division’s SDG data base, as well as requesting data from organisations such as the World Health Organisation, World Bank, and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Publicly available data from United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Labour Organization, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) and other validated and comparable sources were also included. Editing of those chapters in the report pertaining to the use of data as evidence was also provided.

STATE OF pacific Youth

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In 2018 NAPS was contracted by the Commonwealth Secretariat to facilitate the creation of the new State of Youth in the Pacific report. A review of the 2016 draft report was conducted including a desktop review of the region’s performance against Global YDI and SDG indicators. NAPS provided inputs to strengthen the policy recommendations and the monitoring and evaluation frameworks already in place. This work is ongoing.