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This Framework responds to the demands of country leaders, partners, and
youth organizations worldwide, for the Bank to generate new ‘evidence-based’ knowledge for the benefit of children
and youth—especially in the areas of economic and social benefits, costs, and the impact of investment—and to shape
subsequent policy responses across the development spectrum. Through wide consultation at country, regional and
global levels, the Framework also reflects the broad priorities identified by young people from every continent.
The Framework reflects years of operational experience by the World Bank and its partners in helping improve the
lives of young people through the more traditional means of Education, Health, Social Protection, and overall poverty
reduction. This accumulated body of evidence allows us to know what works, and how best to scale up these interventions.
However, it also highlights our gaps in knowledge and resources, and where we need a more integrated and
cross-sectoral approach to develop policies and interventions that can make a difference in tackling the development
issues facing children and youth today that have, thus far, proven hardest to solve.