The Opportunity Puzzle: Piecing it together for youth to thrive in a changing world

We live in a time of rapid economic, social, and environmental change. No group has a greater stake in the consequences of these global trends than the world’s 1.8 billion young people, the largest youth cohort in history.[1] The majority of today’s youth population—nearly 90 percent—live in developing countries, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.[2] The increase in today’s youth demographic coincides with another trend: Despite the overall number of people living in extreme poverty fallen in the last decade, wealth is increasingly concentrated among fewer individuals.[3] Yet this imbalance is about more than how wealth is concentrated: It signals where global decision making lies, an