ment is most strongly reflective of the experience of Asian young people. Second, because of continuing population growth, poor young people are almost as numerous today as they were in the past. In the panel’s judgment, poverty is the greatest enemy of successful transitions. Third, young people in sub-Saharan Africa appear to be experiencing diminished chances for successful transitions to adulthood given the poor economic conditions and the HIV/AIDS pandemic, at the same time that their numbers are increasing relative to the population of young people in other regions. In the context of continuing global change and differential prospects for success, the panel sees policies that support universal basic schooling of adequate quality so as to create a stronger base for the continuing expansion of secondary enrollment and promote health during this phase of the life cycle as essential in their own right but also important because of their roles in promoting success in other domains.
Ultimately, this report is not just a story about transitions but also the product of a field in transition. Not only does globalization bring changes in the lives of young people, but it also changes the nature of the research enterprise, with expanding opportunities for data and knowledge sharing across countries and disciplines as well as new research techniques for more rigorous analysis and policy evaluation. The story we leave with the reader is rich, dynamic, and complex but incomplete, because change continues and because our angles of vision on the past have been limited by the information at hand.