Understanding young people and their ideas about the state is a major challenge for policy makers, development partners and academics. During this panel we intend to discuss several youth surveys and other studies about youth that have been carried out in South Asia recently.
Governing Youth is not only a major challenge for policy makers and development partners but also constitutes an important area for research and theorising for academics. By their sheer numbers, youth is a core constituency and understanding their needs for providing services for them is crucial in order to support them for setting up their lives, both professional and personal. In spite of this relevance, there are only a few studies that specifically concentrate on young people in South Asia. These include the Youth Surveys by Colombo University in Sri Lanka (1999 and 2009), by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) for India (2009), and by the Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) for Bangladesh in 2011. Ideally, such studies are also fundamental tools for supporting policy makers by providing crucial insights into how to strengthen policies and governance mechanisms. During this conference panel we aim at sharing the results of these studies and build up a network of scholars who share an interest and competence in this field. We aim at a comprehensive contribution from South Asian scholars, with (co-)authored papers from Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. This will hopefully bring about a series of joint research projects involving European and South Asian scholars. For doing so, sharing and critically discussing future avenues of research is a vital step. This forum with the participation of renowned scholars from Europe and South Asia is a unique opportunity for us to take these ideas forward.