Five Youth Advocates will be attending next week’s 2017 UN General Assembly (UNGA), a crucial moment to influence global leaders in order to make sure Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are achieved. The advocates will kick-start their work on Monday by leading a high-level event to discuss how youth-led accountability is proving a key tool in the fight to achieve gender equality by 2030.
Restless Development, in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations, are supporting this diverse, talented and experienced group of young people, who have all been leading on the monitoring and accountability of the Sustainable Development Goals in their local communities and with national governments.
In response to a catastrophic mudslide and flooding in and around Freetown, Restless Development Sierra Leone have mobilised 100 young leaders to gather vital data on the needs of affected communities.
International Youth Day is this Saturday (12th August 2017) and it's a chance to celebrate #YouthPower around the world.
To mark the day young people and youth organisations will hold events and take action around the world, including a sports tournament, concert, and youth talks.
To coincide with the High Level Political Forum - an event taking place at the UN in New York to track progress towards the Global Goals - the UNDP, Restless Development and the United Nations Inter Agency Network on Youth Development have launched new guidance to help UN agencies and national offices involve young people in the Global Goals.
We welcome the appointment of Jayathma Wickramanayake as the next UN Envoy on Youth.
Restless Development staff have paid tribute to the legacy Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Babatunde Osotimehin, who has passed away at the age of 68.
Eva Tolage, a young campaigner from Tanzania, launched Stand With Eva back in February 2015 and since then has been campaigning locally and nationally to get a clean supply of water for her community and school.
Now, just over a year since Eva launched her campaign, a new water point has been installed at her school.
After seven years leading Restless Development as CEO and almost two decades working at the agency, Nik Hartley has announced he will be stepping down in March 2018. Nik said:
“For almost 20 years I have had the privilege to work with tens of thousands of young people across the globe who have transformed the way the world’s biggest challenges have been taken on. What started as a tiny but brilliant concept with some unpaid staff working out of a converted bathroom, has grown into a truly global movement of young leaders - one that has challenged the status quo by putting the leadership of young people at the heart of development. I have been privileged to have been a part of this journey."
Our new global five-year strategy which seeks to transform the lives of more than 1.8 billion young people around the globe was launched to the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Strategic Partners and Youths by Restless Development Zambia on Feb 17th 2017.
“I do not need to wait for the government to employ me but I can start saving money today. And when I finish my grade 12, I can start my own business” says Jane Banda, a young girl recently attached as an intern with the Zambian Girls 2030 Project.
Restless Development alumni and staff on 18th January, 2017 made a presentation to the parliamentary committee on Youth and Sport on the subject of Youth Participation in the Decision making Process in Zambia.
It's rare that we celebrate what's going on around the world all in one place - so we decided to pull together highlights from each of the countries we work in and included links to all their social channels so that you can keep up to date with them in the future. I know, brilliant right? You can thank us by sharing this round-up post around on your own socials!
One of Youth Stop AIDS' key calls from its It Ain't Over campaign has been heeded as the International Development Committee have today annnounced an inquiry into the Department for International Development's (DFID, UK) work on HIV & AIDS.
Earlier this year, Restless Development, War Child and Youth Business International (YBI) published the Case for Space From Rhetoric to Action research. The research, which was carried out by 18 youth researchers, aims to better understand the conditions needed for young people to be part of and lead development.
For three days last week, young people from across the Asia-Pacific region met at the Case for Space Conference in Bangkok to discuss this topic and figure out how to make it happen.
We look back on some our highlights.