Restless Development India is working in partnership with local NGOs, government funded and private-sector skills-training centres to support young people in achieving a decent living.
In partnership with UNDP, the Disha project will reach 5,000 young girls and women living in Delhi’s urban slums to equip them with employability skills. This engagement is led by 25 skilled young women facilitating access to skills workshops and life-changing career opportunities. They also conduct surveys with young girls and women to understand their aspirations and the problems faced in their communities and at home. Restless Development will mobilise 1,000 young girls for ‘Individual Youth Career Development Plans’, where they will be linked to skill training centres in Delhi and provided with on-job support by our Skill Sakhis. In the last year alone, a total of 3,261 girls have been supported with skills and training to establish enterprise and pursue sustainable livings.
Supported by Amplify Change, Restless Development is working with an alliance of 50 local Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and members of the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Alliance in Bihar and Jharkhand, to address issues of child marriage in three of the most vulnerable states in India; Munger, Bhagalpur and Bihar. This is a new initiative through which Restless Development will work with CSOs to build their capacity on youth-led community action and campaigns around the issue of child marriage. As part of the project, Restless Development addresses gender discrimination and child marriages by openly discussing these culturally sensitive issues, educating young girls about their rights and equipping them with the skills to stay in education or employment. We engage parents, family members, community members and panchayat members to end child marriage. This also offers an opportunity to further develop and share Restless Development India’s free M-Sathi app (developed with funding from Zing), used by young people to self-learn about comprehensive sexuality education. In 2015, through our #KnotSoYoung campaign we reached more than 180,000 young people in urban and rural communities.
The ‘Making Periods Normal’ programme funded by Rutgers, and other partners Simavi, BVHA, SEWA, Women on Wings and Dharmalife Foundation is aimed at creating awareness about menstruation and making structures and institutions more responsive towards women's needs during menstruation. Restless Development ensures young women have access to support and have knowledge about menstruation hygiene, breaking the stigma around sexual and reproductive health and rights for young women. The programme also includes young men, community members and elders in our trainings to have more impact. We have reached more than 100,000 young girls directly through this programme, and a total of 40 educators have been trained on Sexual and Reproductive health and rights. The project takes place in the districts of Bihar (Bhagalpur and Munger).
In partnership with ICRW, ‘Plan-It Girls’ adopts a holistic approach to building empowerment and gender equality at local level, working with school principals, teachers, parents, boys and business leaders, and most importantly, the girls themselves. Under this innovative and sustainable programme, 10,000 girls will access tailored training on self-efficacy, resourcefulness and employability curriculum over a period of two years, so that the can aspire for a better life and plan for their future. An equal number of boys will also attend parallel sessions to promote gender equality norms.
With support from the Netherlands Embassy, Restless Development India is building a platform for young people to lead in youth councils across Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Tamil Nadu. Through these spaces, young people monitor decisions made in their communities and hold local decision-makers to account.
In addition to this, a youth council of 25 members from Bihar and Tamil Nadu will be shaped as a democratic council. The council will be youth-led and a joining force to advocate for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in their communities with a special focus on Child Marriages.
Making Girls Leaders seeks to empower young girls living in urban slums to gain confidence and become financially independent. The programme seeks to reach out-of-school girls in Delhi. Although the girls are located in the cities, the circumstances in urban slums are very challenging.We have developed peer educators; a group of young boys and girls in each community to address the needs of girls and support them to in their studies, apply for college scholarships, and gain confidence to earn a living.
As part of this programme we host international volunteers from the United Kingdom for a period of 3 months. These volunteers work within communities and closely with our local youth volunteers in different districts of Tamil Nadu. This programme is led by our volunteers by, living within the communities and working through Youth Resource Centres (a free space for young people), to provide employable skill and awareness trainings on water and sanitation, climate change, gender inequalities and sexual and reproductive health and rights to the communities. The programme is currently running in the districts of Tamil Nadu (Kanchipuram, Tiruvallur and Vellore).
Youth Adda is a space where young people learn about the Global Goals and its impact on our lives. This is an open space where young people discuss solutions to make the global goals a reality by 2030. Restless Development in partnership with UNV, Parvah and Community-the youth collective have been conducting the Youth Adda, focussed on specific goal once in every quarter.
Collectively we will make our leaders accountable for the promises they have committed. We challenge individuals to use their Youth Power and spread awareness on the Global Goals with their peers, schools/colleges and community by planning local action. Through Restless Development’s campaign #RestlessSDGHero, we will ensure their actions and voices are heard at a global level.