The Case for Space

02 Mar 15

We believe that children and young people should be able to influence the decisions that affect their lives, that they should be safe and secure, and that a sustainable, fulfilling livelihood should be enjoyed, allowing young people to succeed and achieve their potential. We believe that right now, this isn’t happening for everyone:

  • Young people are often excluded, marginalised and are vulnerable.
  • 850 million young people live in developing countries, and deal with major economic, social and political challenges on a daily basis.
  • Young people are disadvantaged when it comes to healthcare, education, employment, and having their voices heard.
  • Over 600 million young people live in in fragile and conflict-affected areas.

Making the case for space for children and youth development means finding ways to make things work better in the lives of children and young people. Together with our partners - War Child, Youth Business International and Youth Policy Labs, Restless Development wants to do this through a youth-led research process that is global in scope, which will shine a spotlight on the aspects of children and young people’s lives that require change and action.

Case for Space

We're looking for 20 young people from around the world to join our team of Global Young Researchers to explore how to strengthen the environment for youth development, focusing on participation, protection and livelihoods. The Young Researchers, who need to have experience with youth movements and/or conducting research on youth-related issues, will conduct research from their home locations, between May and July 2015. Youth Policy Labs will support the Young Researchers remotely throughout the research period. In preparation for this research, participants will attend a fully funded Global Young Researchers Lab in Berlin, Germany on 29 April – 3 May 2015.

WHERE: Home location (implementation of research plans); Berlin, Germany (Global Young Researchers Lab)
WHEN: May – July 2015 (Implementation of regional research plans); 29 April – 3 May 2015 (Global Young Researchers Lab);
COSTS: Please note, this is a voluntary position.

Researchers will be provided with a stipend to cover research-related costs in their home locations for the implementation of research plans. All costs related to the participation in the Global Young Researchers Lab (including travel, visas, insurance, accommodation and meals) will be covered by the project organisers.

To apply, applicants need to fill out the online form at by 08 March 2015, at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) or GMT+1.

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