In September 2016, the United Nations gathers for its 71st General Assembly, and Restless Development, along with young people we support, are attending to make the case for unleashing the potential of young people to change the world.
Restless Development has joined a thousand organisations from around the world on the launch of a new campaign called action/2015. It calls on local and world leaders to take urgent action to halt man-made climate change, eradicate poverty and address inequality.
A group of 23 young people from across the globe, met in London for the first time on 1st November to prepare for a meeting with the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development agenda. Selected through a competitive application process, these youth representatives came with diverse experience in international development, ranging from high level advocacy and campaigning, to grassroots and community-led development.
Restless Development joined AIDS activists from across the UK to stage a murder mystery inspired protest on Wednesday 19th Setember outside the gates of a UK Novartis plant, demanding the Swiss pharmaceutical giant drops a court case which campaigners say could strangle the supply of affordable medicines from India to the developing world.
KPMG has provided Restless Development with 13 technical placements so far this year as part of their first cross-border CSR programme, BRIGHT.
We have hosted these placements in India, Nepal, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. We have 5 remaining placements that will be hosted in Sierra Leone and Uganda this month.
Restless Development has received support by Open Society Foundation to curate a thematic webpage on youth-led development on the Youthpolicy.org website. Building on the Youthpolicy.org website’s goal to consolidate knowledge and information on youth policies, the thematic webpage will be a platform for knowledge, best practice, case studies and information from relevant research, work, forums, conferences and events.
In India, our first Youth Resource Centre has been set up in the Subalaya Panchayat community, Ganjam District, Orissa. This is a significant milestone for young people in the community as well as Restless Development.
In this quarter’s edition of The Networker magazine, Restless Development CEO Nik Hartley features in a double page interview where he talks about what it means to be a youth-led organisation and shares his views on critical sector issues.
Activists from the Students Stop Campaign and Restless Development massed outside the European Commission offices in London on the 6th February to demand Europe stops its attack on India’s generic medicine industry. AIDS and public health activists say the EC is using Free Trade Agreement negotiations to force India to accept terms that would amount to Europe ‘closing down the pharmacy of the world’.