One of our longest running hubs, Restless Development Zimbabwe has been in operation since 1985. Currently, we have 10 young staff members supporting more than 60 volunteers to deliver nine programmes across six regions of Zimbabwe.
Unemployment is the biggest challenge faced by young people in Zimbabwe due to the continued economic decline. Young people make up approximately 65% of the population and also form the highest number of unemployed and underemployed segment of the population.
Through support from USAID and LEAD, the Feed the Future project provides capacity building to young people on entrepreneurship and management, who are then linked to micro-finance institutions to access capital and then supported to establish income savings and lending schemes to expand their businesses and help those around them.
To read the latest Feed the Future report, click here.
Through the Youth Employability Programme, funded by International Youth Foundation, Restless Development Zimbabwe is bridging the gap between talented young people and the workforce by working with employers from the private sector and civil society to provide internship opportunities. Young people are provided with much needed work experience through six month job placements in Harare and Bulawayo. During these internship placements, the interns receive training and mentorship from their employers, developing their skills within their chosen profession.
To read more about the Youth Employability Programme, click here.
Restless Development Zimbabwe is part of ministerial committees and working groups involved in the formulation and review of Sexual and Reproductive Health policies such as the National Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy 2016-2020.
The Hub is also part of the team developing the School's Curriculum on Life Skills as well as the School's Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) which will be rolled out nationally in 2017/18.
The Samworth Foundation funded Strengthening HIV Prevention and Mitigation Efforts among Girls and Young Women in Matabeleland South addresses challenges being faced by young women and girls - particularly survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Bulilima & Mangwe Districts. Through the project, Restless Development Zimbabwe is increasing young people's and GBV survivors' access to youth-friendly information and services for HIV prevention and support. The project also mobilises communities, local civil society organisations and public authorities to collectively develop solutions to health, livelihoods and migration issues affecting young women and girls, as well as building the evidence of GBV in country and support systems available for GBV survivors in the Matabeleland South Province.
The European Commission funded Asikhulume (Let’s Talk) programme is building the capacity of young people to engage with their leaders and public authorities on rights issues. It promotes a safe and encouraging environment to improve the capacity of young people (and civil society in general) to meaningfully participate in policy dialogue.
To read more about the Asikhulume (Let's Talk) project, click here.
The International Citizenship Service(ICS) is a volunteering programme which sees young national volunteers living and working alongside volunteers from the UK in communities in Harare and Chimanimani. Together they become a part of the local community and contribute to long term development projects, working together on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, and Livelihoods. Each ICS volunteer placement lasts three months.
- Plan and facilitate lessons in sexual reproductive health, livelihoods and life skills.
- Support teachers in delivering lessons on sexual and reproductive health,gender awareness and HIV and AIDS.
- Work with health clinics and health providers to assist them with the provision of youth friendly services.
- Conduct in and out-of-school clubs in which volunteers and youths take part in income supplementing activities.
- Provide training in confidence building and self-esteem.