The Arab Youth Survey: Voices of a Generation
Aissam Benaissa, Master Trainer, Young Mediterranean Voices Plus
Sunil John, Founder and CEO, ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller
Dr Dina Kiwan, Reader, University of Birmingham
Chair: Professor Masooda Bano, Associate Professor, Department of International Development, University of Oxford
The Middle East is home to the world’s youngest population – over 60 per cent of people living in the region are under the age of 30. However, their voices are largely unrepresented in the political institutions of their countries. Youth dissatisfaction is evidenced by the active part they played in the Arab Spring and the subsequent protest movements. What other avenues are available to young people to exercise their political voice? And how key is the evolving role of social media?
The Arab Youth Survey offers a unique insight into the attitudes and opinions of young people living in 16 Arab states, including the GCC countries and the Levant. Our panel will discuss the findings of the most recent survey and assess the impact of these results on wider society. What issues are seen by young Arab men and women as the biggest problems they face? Are there important changes in attitudes towards the West and Russia evidenced by the survey? And how can policymakers in the region use the results of this survey to inform policies that better provide for and represent young people?