The Infoyouth Network was initiated in 1991 by UNESCO in order to meet two main challenges: on the one hand, the necessity to counteract the splintering of various and scattered information sources and networks on youth, and on the other, the urgent need to implement appropriate and coherent youth policies from local to global levels.
The international information and data exchange Infoyouth Network has the following objectives:
- through the use of new communication and information technologies, to spread worldwide data, experiences and analyses on which national and international youth policies are based;
- to improve awareness and understanding of the problems and expectations of young people in different types of societies;
- to back innovative projects aimed at stimulating the active participation of young people in the political, economic and cultural life of society;
- to facilitate the design of national and international policies and programmes for young people;
- to set up computer training activities for underprivileged young people in order to improve their access to information;
- to organise consultation meetings and support publications in order to promote exchanges among field workers, institutional partners, youth NGOs, grassroots associations and researchers.
Since 1992, the French Institute of Youth and Community Education (INJEP) is entrusted with the responsibility to implement the different activities. Its main role is to structure and animate the Infoyouth Network as well as to verify the coherence and the reliability of the provided information.