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Technical brief: Youth bulges and conflict

— theme: Most vulnerable Youth
— country: Global, Asia, Pacific
— type: Working Papers

USAID, 2010 - There are approximately 1.3 billion people worldwide between the ages of 12 and 24—a figure set to increase to 1.5 billion by 2035. Developing countries in particular have booming populations which will double by the middle of the 21st century. So-called “youth bulges” have been for many years a key concern in development given the implications for labor markets, government budgets, cultural norms and overall economic growth in countries where economic stagnation and unemployment are already major problems (Jimenez and Murthi; World Bank).

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