Young Arab’s top 3 priorities for development revealed

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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A recent study conducted by Arab Youth Centre (AYC) has revealed the top three priorities of young people in the Arab world that they feel are critical to their development and to shaping the future of their countries. 

Close to 7,000 young people in the age group of 15 to 34 years were surveyed across 21 Arab countries as part of AYC’s Arab Youth Priorities study.

According to the study, young people in the Arab nations chose stability, education, and health as the top three priorities among 11 preferences evaluated by them

Priorities and Percentages 

  1. Security & Stability – 73 percent
  2. Education – 70 percent
  3. Healthcare – 62 percent
  4. Enhancing income sources – 31 percent
  5. Providing job opportunities – 31 percent
  6. Self-development and Character-building – 17 percent
  7. The environment – 12 percent
  8. Infrastructure – 11 percent
  9. Social empowerment – 10 percent
  10. Technological progress – 8 percent
  11. Entertainment – 6 percent

The participants in the study also voiced positive expectations for the Arab economy, whose size is currently valued at US$2.8 trillion, with projected real GDP growth of 2.7 percent for the next five years.

The study which was conducted in cooperation with YouGov enabled AYC to learn about Arab youth priorities, analyze the results and make the findings accessible to decision-makers in the Arab world to help create policies and programs to realize the priorities of the region’s young people.

The survey adopted a quantitative methodology based on online questionnaires and personal interviews in Arabic, while the sample was randomly selected to represent Arab youth in the age group of 15 to 34 years.