Building a Stronger Youth Sector with the MTV Staying Alive Foundation

30 Mar 14

Restless Development has recently completed another successful Foundation Training workshop (our 11th) with grantees of MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation (SAF). The training took place in March 2014 in Naivasha, Kenya and was attended by 22 participants from 11 innovative youth-led organisations funded by SAF. The organisations were from all around the globe, from China to Tajikistan, Romania to Columbia, each working to reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and tackle stigma and discrimination associated with the virus.

For the past 5 years, Restless Development has been working closely with SAF to build the capacity of the grantee organisations so that they can be more effective. SAF provides small grants to support youth-led organisations that work in the response to HIV. Restless Development are responsible for providing training and development to the grantees through an initial Foundation Training workshop, followed by individual mentoring for six months, as well as a People and Leadership Management and a Finance and Fundraising workshop in year 2 and year 3 of their grant, respectively. Find out more about our work with SAF here.

Participants from Romania and China support one another in developing core values for their organisations.

Our residential ten-day Foundation Training workshop, delivered to first-year SAF grantees, is well-established and is delivered by young, experienced trainers from across Restless Development. The workshop aims to build the capacity of SAF grantee organisations to plan, deliver, measure and communicate their work effectively, through the development of participants’ knowledge and skills in five key areas: Organisational Strategy and Planning; Monitoring and Evaluation; Financial Management, Resource Mobilisation; and Media and Marketing.

‘This workshop was well organised; modules were taught in a good and logical sequence and trainers had good methodology of teaching (interaction with participants and discussion).’ SAF participant, Kenya 2014

Rogers and Jacky from Swadakta, Tanzania, developing a logframe for their SAF-funded project

The residential workshop is a great opportunity to bring together brilliant young minds and individual experiences, and enable inspiring young leaders to draw on their own experiences and learn from each other.

Previous participating organisations have gone on to develop key organisational systems and processes, build their reputation and establish key partnerships.

During the next 6 months Restless Development will provide mentoring support to each organisation, helping them to share their new skills, knowledge and tools with others in the organisation and to implement their 6 month Action Plan developed at the Training Workshop. To learn more about the amazing organisations funded by SAF, please visit:

For more information on Restless Development’s capacity building work please contact Beth Goodey ( or for more information on the MTV Staying Alive Foundation please visit