DUBAI, UAE, July 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly two-thirds of young Arabs from outside the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries do not trust their governments' ability to address their most pressing concerns. pressing problems such as unemployment, corruption and the rising cost of living.
More than half (54%) of the total respondents also considered that their voice did not matter to the leaders of their country. This marks a significant 19% drop from 2022 in the number of young Arabs who said their voice mattered to their leaders. This feeling of estrangement, driven mainly by young people from North Africa and the Levant, is also the most pronounced in five years.
These are some of the key findings of ASDA'A BCW's 15th Annual Arab Youth Survey, the largest study of its kind on the Arab world's largest demographic, its more than 200 million young people, conducted by ASDA' To BCW, the leading communication consultancy in the Middle East and North Africa.
ASDA'A BCW commissioned leading research firm SixthFactor Consulting to conduct face-to-face interviews with 3,600 Arab citizens aged 18-24 in their home countries between March 27 and April 12, 2023. The The sample was divided equally between men and women in 53 cities in 18 Arab states, including South Sudan for the first time.
GCC governments set the course of politics
More than three-quarters (78%) of young Arabs in GCC countries say their voice is important to their leaders, while 87% say their government has the right policies to address their most important concerns.
Young men and women from the CCG also expressed their confidence in their government to tackle corruption. This is the opinion of 97% of young people in the UAE, 84% of those in Oman, 82% of those in Bahrain, 69% of those in Saudi Arabia and 56% of those in Kuwait.
All the young Emirati people surveyed said they were confident that their government could guarantee economic stability; Trust levels in economic management were high in Saudi Arabia (82%), Oman and Kuwait (73% each), and Bahrain (67%).
Governments in North Africa and the Levant are not responsive to Arab youth
In North Africa and the Levant, an opposite picture is observed. Only a third of the young people surveyed in these regions said their voice mattered to their leaders, while two thirds said their governments did not have the right policies in place to address their most important concerns.
Similarly, two thirds (61%) of North African youth and close to three quarters (71%) of Levantines said their country was headed in the wrong direction. Only four in ten (38%) North Africans are confident that their government can tackle unemployment, while in the Levant only a third (32%) say their government is capable of doing so. They were also pessimistic about their government's ability to tackle inflation, with 41% of North African youth and a third (33%) of Levantines saying they did not trust their leaders' ability to cope with rising inflation. cost of living
Sunil John, CEO of MENA, BCW and founder of ASDA'A BCW, explained: "Over the past 15 years, our research has been a barometer of the hopes and fears of young Arabs from countries outside the Arab Gulf, especially on issues as daily as employment and the rising cost of living. A path must be found towards a better future for these young people if we do not want the valuable dividend of Arab youth to be lost."
John stated that the spirit of youthful optimism emerging from the GCC states demonstrates that the realization of that future is possible. "The fact that three-quarters of GCC youth believe their voice matters to their leaders, compared to just a third in North Africa and the Levant, is telling. It shows that GCC governments understand the pulse of their youth ".
In the coming weeks, ASDA'A BCW will publish information on the remaining three themes of the study: My Identity, My Aspirations and My Lifestyle. The general theme of the 15th edition of the ASDA'A BCW survey on Arab youth is "Living a new reality".
For more information visit arabyouthsurvey.com
For more contact details:
Iman Ahmed ASDA'A BCWEmail: Iman.Ahmed@bcw-global.com 9714 - 4507 600
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