A Study of Youth Policies in Pakistan


This discussion paper has been prepared as part of PILDAT’s project titled ‘Build Leadership Capacity and Mainstream Young Men and Women in Policy Processes Leading to Inclusive and Pro-Youth Legislation,’ which is funded by UNDP. The project has been designed to facilitate young Pakistanis to effectively engage with policymakers through building their leadership skills and capabilities and providing opportunities for structured, result-oriented interactions between young people and policy makers towards finding workable and collaborative solutions.

The aim of the paper is to serve as a starting point of discussion by young legislators and by youth in understanding the nature of youth policies in place across Pakistan’s four provinces, in addition to the review of National Youth Development Framework.

This discussion paper only provides a comparative analysis of some of the key highlights of youth policies in order to encourage young legislators to understand and raise questions on the state of implementation of these youth policies. This comparative analysis can also serve as a basis of regular and sustained oversight by respective standing committees on youth in the provincial assemblies, as well as improve understanding and facilitate oversight by youth caucuses across assemblies. At the national-level, young parliamentarians’ forum and legislators belonging to various provinces and parties can utilise this discussion paper for informed analysis and further review.

In addition to legislators across Pakistan, this paper may also be used by youth, media, academia and civil society to learn what youth policies have been issued and are in place so that they may hold elected governments to account.

Primary data collection and writing for the paper has been carried out by Ms. Amna Kausar, Projects Manager, with review by Ms. Aasiya Riaz, Joint Director, under the overall guidance and supervision of Mr. Ahmed Bilal Mehboob, President.

This paper has been published by PILDAT under the project Build Youth Leadership Capacity and Mainstream Young Men and Women in Policy Processes Leading to Inclusive and Pro-Youth Legislation for which it has received financial support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).