Read the 2017 Youth Solutions Report

This first edition of the Youth Solutions Report bears the fruits of a year-long process in which the Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth (SDSN Youth) and its partners sourced youth-led solutions across all countries and regions to showcase the innovative approach that young people are taking in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Report builds upon one of three key pillars of the activity of SDSN Youth, which mandates an operational focus on “supporting young people in the creation and scaling of innovative solutions for the SDGs”.

The Youth Solutions Report is structured as follows. In Chapter 1, the Report's background, vision, and selection process are presented. Chapter 2 provides an analysis of the Solutions and Ideas that are included in the Report. It describes the way in which they are divided based on geography, SDGs addressed, organizational structure, and gender. In addition, it outlines some of the main challenges faced by the submitted solutions and provides recommendations for action for policymakers, investors, and all relevant stakeholders. Chapter 3 contains the fifty Solutions and Ideas that have been selected by the Advisory Panel. Chapter 4 and 5 showcase three best practices in the area of support to youth-led solutions that have been directly organized or supported by SDSN Youth: the Vatican Youth Symposium, organized by SDSN Youth and SDSN in October 2016, and the annual Young Earth Solutions! competition organized by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition. Taken together, these projects outline the importance of a diverse range of stakeholders taking the lead in bridging the gap between youth innovators and their supporters.