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New Dir Child Adolesc Dev. 2008 Winter;2008(122):75-87. doi: 10.1002/cd.230.

Programs and policies that promote positive youth development and prevent risky behaviors: an international perspective.

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  • 1International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, The World Bank, Washington, D.C., USA.


This chapter provides an international perspective on the promotion of positive development and the prevention of risky behavior among youth. We discuss some of the specific challenges that youth face in low- and middle-income countries and identify six key evidence-based policies and programs that aim to promote positive youth development and prevent risky behavior. We also propose a set of practical recommendations for policymakers and other stakeholders on how to develop and implement an effective youth portfolio in the context of limited financial resources.

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