This policy brief documents the participation of youth in Andhra Pradesh, India in civil society, the extent to which they uphold secular attitudes, and their perceptions about and participation in political processes. Data drawn from the Youth in India: Situation and Needs study call for actions to promote youth participation, particularly the participation of young women, in civil society and political life. Special attention must be paid to developing community-level programs for young women, large proportions of whom had not participated in civil society. Findings that many youth are disillusioned with the commitment of political parties to work for change at the community level highlight the need for the political system in the state to make special efforts to address the concerns of youth and encourage youth participation in the political processes in more meaningful ways.
International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) and Population Council. 2010. "Youth participation in civil society and political life in Andhra Pradesh," Youth in India: Situation and Needs Policy Brief no. 26. Mumbai: IIPS.