The earthquakes and numerous aftershocks in Nepal left many children and young people at risk, and put a halt to the entire education system in the country. This could have a serious impact on literacy rates in the country, which had previously reached 98% in 2013 from 83% in 2010. The risk of trafficking and exploitation is now greater for girls, many of whom were made homeless by the quake and could not go to school.
Right now, there are more young people on earth than ever before in human history.
This is one incredible opportunity. But today too many children and young people are excluded, marginalised, and vulnerable. This affects them, their families and communities.
In the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours an OBE has been awarded to Nik Hartley, CEO of Restless Development - the youth-led international development agency - for services to young people.
Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES-Ghana) and Restless Development are excited to release the Report ‘The Ghana Youth Data Gap: Implications for Accountability in the Post-2015 Framework’.
We are launching a new practical guide to power, rights and participation in the context of the post-2015 process alongside Actionaid, British Youth Council and Plan UK. The content is adaptable to suit different levels of knowledge and familiarity with the issues, and local, national or international level advocacy.
This week Member States meet again in New York to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically on “follow-up and review” - how will we collectively ensure we achieve the goals, see where we are failing, who is being left behind, and hold duty-bearers accountable. Here we identify the key issues at stake and our recommendations.
A second major earthquake struck Nepal; just two weeks after the initial 7.8 magnitude quake hit the country. Restless Nepal staff and young volunteers have been tirelessly working with partners, providing relief efforts in hard to reach districts since the first earthquake.
Many of our staff and volunteers have been affected by the initial 7.8 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks, which devastated Nepal on Saturday.
For 14 years Restless Development has had an active network of thousands of young volunteers in 36 out of 75 districts in Nepal, six of which have been hit by the earthquake.
As part of our Case for Space project , we will be working with 19 talented young researchers from around the globe to try and answer the following question:
“What is the enabling environment (necessary conditions and structures) that ensures children and young people have access to their rights, can influence decisions, and have improved livelihoods?”
Restless Development Zambia has been awarded with a Governor's Recognition Award for their fantastic work in Financial Education. Yet again they have been recognised as the Civil Society Organisation in Zambia leading on youth led financial literacy work, for both in school and out of school youth.
We are honoured to announce that Restless Development was elected as one of four Organising Partners in September 2014 of the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY). Having supported young people to engage and influence policy-making spaces at the highest level, this is an exciting opportunity for us to strengthen the voices of young people in the official United Nations space for children and young people.
MGCY Position paper on Indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals
To mark World Tuberculosis Day, young people from across the UK will be dressed as giant pills and members of the pharmaceutical industry and pushed into a paddling pool outside parliament, to act out an alternative system for developing medicines that would prioritise human need over profit.