Youth in Cyprus: Aspirations, Lifestyles & Empowerment
This Report is a part of the Youth Dialogue Project, supported by the United Nations Development Programme – Action for Cooperation and Trust (UNDP-ACT) between 2007 and 2009. It is largely based on the results of a comprehensive, island-wide survey, the Youth Aspiration Survey (YAS1), administered to over 1,600 youth between November 2007 and March 2008, and a series of 60 in-depth interviews conducted among young Cypriots from the two communities. Due to important developments that occurred shortly after administering the initial survey, namely the election of a new government in the Republic of Cyprus and a renewed effort towards finding a settlement to the long-standing political problem on the island, a follow-up survey (YAS2) was conducted in July 2008. An innovative feature of the research study was the use of two modern research techniques: Participatory Action Research and Interpretive Reproduction. The former technique has emerged as a significant methodology for intervention, development and change within communities and groups, while the latter focuses on research with youth as opposed to research on youth.