Youth Participation

WHAT WE DO

At Restless Development, we call our approach to youth-led accountability The Big Idea.

The Big Idea is simple: empower young people with data, skills and networks; connect them to meaningful opportunities to participate in review processes and engage with decision-makers; and they will take the lead in holding their governments to account. We believe that with this support, young people will become leaders in accountability for national and international commitments to development.

We are testing this approach across Africa, Asia and Europe on local to global development commitments and frameworks, including the Global Goals. 

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HOW WE DO IT

SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEAD ACCOUNTABILITY


Pilot projects run by Restless Development and our partners, including:
  • At a global level: In Africa and Europe we are leading the delivery of youth-led monitoring and accountability of the Global Goals through the Big Idea Accountability Advocates Project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission
  • At a national level: In Tanzania and Nepal we are are facilitating the delivery of youth-led monitoring and accountability of national development commitments including the implementation of the Youth Manifesto in Tanzania, and government driven earthquake response efforts in Nepal
  • At a district level: In Uganda we are working in partnership with Unicef U-Report to lead the delivery of youth-led monitoring and accountability of district-level development commitments.

STRENGTHENING SPACES FOR YOUTH-LED ACCOUNTABILITY

Supporting the creation of an enabling environment for youth-led accountability through:
  • Developing practical recommendations for policy-makers
  • Supporting institutions to better engage young people in government and inter-governmental accountability mechanisms
  • Supporting young people to advocate for participation in state-led accountability mechanisms

BUILDING EVIDENCE

Ensuring best-practice is shared by:
  • Conducting and disseminating research on youth-led accountability
  • Working in partnership to build a community of practice on youth-led accountability where young people can share best practice stories, case studies, tools and resources. For example, our Accountability in Action Toolkit.

IS IT WORKING ?

Case study: Uganda
In Uganda, partnered up with Unicef’s U-Report in Uganda, we worked with 40 young people across four districts to generate community-level data to hold district-level decision-makers to account on development commitments on health, child marriage and employment. In six months, the following results were achieved:

  • In Gulu, a new ordinance on alcohol was enacted restricting times when alcohol can be purchased
  • In Moroto, a bylaw on construction and use of latrines has been enacted
  • In Napak, the District Community Development Officer used findings on early marriage to co-develop an advocacy programme addressing concerns