Social Panorama of Latin America 2004

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The 2004 edition of the Social Panorama of Latin America analyses the major demographic changes that have occurred in the region over the past few decades, examines the socioeconomic status of Latin American youth, looks at institutional and programmatic guidelines for youth policies and describes how household structures and family roles have changed. As in past years, recent trends in poverty and income distribution in the Latin American countries are also reviewed.



National youth policies in Latin America

During the period from 1995 to 1999, efforts to coordinate national processes youth policies gained momentum, albeit at an unequal rate among the various Latin American countries. Nowadays, there is a wide variety of youth policies in the countries polled, which can be seen in the light of various factors: models and approaches to the youth phase, legislative foundations (legal and regulatory framework), levels of public administration responsible for taking youth measures and the specific type of management by official youth organizations in each country.


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