Youth of Bangladesh: Agents of Change? Youth Survey 2018

Youth constitute a third of the Bangladeshi population. Also, currently, the share of the working-age population (15-59) is larger than the non-working age population (>15 and 60+) in Bangladesh, which has a potential to fuel our economic growth with our youth at the forefront. Although there is widespread interest in the youth of Bangladesh, there is very limited comprehensive information on their status. BRAC, along with the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University, initiated The Youth Survey 2018, a nationally representative, comprehensive survey of the youth to provide valuable insights about them. The study shows, overwhelming interest in government jobs, lack of interest in starting their own business and low rate (23%) of vocational education even among those who are actively planning to migrate, along with the widespread belief that their employment situation will become more difficult in future are some indications of their low agency.

Authors:  Matin, Imran; Bhattacharjee, Anindita; Ahmed, Md Shakil; Das, Narayan C; Jahan, Nusrat; Morshed, KAM; Rahman, Mohammad Azad; Islam, Md Mazedul; Hamid, Nimmi Nusrat
Type: Report