Youth In Relief And Development

Half of the world's population is under the age of 25 - that's 3 billion people. Young people are therefore disproportionately affected by our world's most pressing challenges. Too many young people, especially those in developing countries, are at risk for lifelong poverty and disease, struggle to earn a livelihood, and are exposed to violence, crime, and political unrest. 

Despite real progress, significant and growing needs among the world’s youth are unmet. Supporting young people to make wise decisions about their health, providing them with access to education and livelihood opportunities, and allowing them to become engaged citizens in their communities will enable countries to harness the assets of young people in support of social and economic development. We believe the best solution to the world's greatest challenges are young people themselves. How do we know? We work with them, everyday and around the world.

The Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD) is a community of practice and an advocacy platform of 24 leading U.S.-based youth and community development organizations. The Youth Alliance provides an opportunity for engaged organizations and individuals to share and discuss effective practices and to advocate for and inform policies that support and affect youth worldwide.

The Youth Alliance calls for international donors, including the United States government, to make informed and targeted investments in youth. To support and advance its mission, the alliance has developed a strategic partnership with InterAction. 


AIYD's Guiding Principles for International Youth Development

The Guiding Principles for International Youth Development is the result of a collaborative effort by members of the Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD). The Guiding Principles reflect AIYD’s collective voice on effective practices for positive youth development across the sectors where we work. 



AIYD Members  

Aga Khan Development Network, Amigos de las Americas, Chemonics, ChildFund International, Creative Associates, Education Development Center, Inc., FHI 360, Innovations in Civic Participation, Global Communities, IREX, Intel Foundation, InterAction, International Youth Foundation, Making Cents International, The MasterCard Foundation, Mercy Corps, National 4H Council, Plan International USA, RTI International, Save the Children, Social Impact, SOS Children's Villages USA, Winrock International, Women’s Refugee Commission, World Learning, and YouthBuild International.

To learn more about the work of the Youth Alliance and how you can join, contact

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