about us

MISSION

Pushing Boundaries. Shaping today. Creating tomorrow.

If we unleash the power of young people to change our world, every generation will benefit. There are more young people in the world than ever before, their time to lead is now.

WHAT WE DO

We are run out of strategic hubs in ten countries across Africa, Asia and in the UK and USA, with a wider network of partners across the world. We work to make sure young people have a voice, a living, sexual rights, and are leaders in preventing and solving the world’s challenges. Restless Development has been working with young people since 1985 and our work is led by thousands of young people every year. We listen to young people, our work is led by young people, and together we help young people make lasting change in their communities and countries.

YOUNG PEOPLE ARE NOT THE FUTURE

There are 1.8 billion young people in the world. Half the world is under 30 and nine in ten of these young people live in developing countries. This is the largest youth population there has ever been. We are in an era of peak youth. 

This matters. Now. The Peak Youth generation have the potential to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Climate, conflict, poverty and rights for all will be affected by their decisions.

Peak Youth GIF

 

the CHALLENGE

Young people are often seen as a cause or victim of global issues. We think they are the solution. 

The world is facing a challenge. Communities are often overlooked as the most important drivers of development. This removes power and the ability to build real change. We need to hand over ownership to communities, to change the imbalance of justice, power and leadership. 

A MODEL FOR CHANGE

We have developed and tested a model which unleashes power at the heart of communities.

It recognises that change only happens when individuals not only deliver work in their communities, but also influence and inform society. Whether responding to an earthquake or building long-term HIV prevention in schools, real change happens when communities own knowledge, influence and control. It is the youth generation in massive numbers who are ready to achieve this:

DELIVER
Where young people directly improve lives through working in and with communities.

INFORM
Where young people create and share evidence and understanding of communities where they live and work.

INFLUENCE
Where young people change the cultural norms, policies and systems that affect people’s lives. Holding decision makers to account for the promises they make.

YOUNG PEOPLE'S GOALS

The model has unleashed young people’s power to lead their own communities, tackling tough and urgent problems.  

Research with 5000 young people in 64 countries revealed young people’s four common goals. Whether in a refugee camp on the edge of a conflict or trying to find employment in an urban setting, young people identified goals that underpinned every ambition and challenge they wanted to overcome.

A VOICE
Where young people can influence those in power. From speaking out against child marriage to participating in elections.

LEADERSHIP
Where young people are at the heart of both preventing and solving arising challenges and emergencies, like responding to to Ebola in Sierra Leone or the 2015 Earthquake in Nepal.

A LIVING
Where businesses and governments invest in and learn from young people, and where young people can get a job or business skills to create their own income.

SEXUAL RIGHTS
Where policies, attitudes and services improve people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Helping to end AIDS and enabling young men and women to be free from discrimination.

Hear the stories of three young people changing their communities:

WE NEED YOU TO CREATE COLLECTIVE POWER

With this evidence and the incredible impact of our work in the past five years, Restless Development has a new strategy that is building a Youth Collective; a global movement of those committed to young people leading change, for a more just and sustainable world. The Youth Collective is made up of:

Youth Collective Infographic

Interested? Join us here.

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We are the Youth Collective. If you believe in the power of young people, join our movement.

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