WE HAVE FOUR VALUES:
We are young professionals accountable to young people. Young people are at the core of everything we do. Our passion and energy drive us. We take initiative, innovate and try new things.
We work in the context of poverty. We measure our results and use our resources efficiently. We care about getting the right results. We act professionally and always seek to improve our work.
We are connected with our partners, with each other and with those we serve.
We develop solutions as a team.
Our rules and policies apply equally to all. We are generous with our expertise, our tools and our time.
We all have a leadership role. Everyone’s opinion is valuable and we bring all voices to the table. We give young people the opportunity to succeed and to fail, generating leaders through experience. We are proud of our work and tell our story with conviction.
On Wednesday 5th 2017 we celebrated our sixth annual Values Day as a global agency. This was an opportunity for our staff and volunteers to learn more about our Values and why they are integral to the work we deliver globally. It was also a chance to connect with colleagues around the world and celebrate and reflect on the past year, with this year's Values Day having a special focus on youth leadership in the agency, building a Youth Collective and refreshing our understanding of our Values.
We also announced this year's Values Champions, staff and volunteers who have lived our values in practice, who will be profiled on this page in the coming year.
We love that you can walk into any Restless office and meet with any colleague from around the globe and there will be that ‘something’ that unites people. That ‘something’ is our values. Iit is a unique and compelling set of core principles that guide who we are; what we believe in; how we deliver our work. It is noted externally too and many aspire to join us. It defines us, but it is not exclusive as that would itself contradict the very values that we are holding ourselves account for.
- Restless Development South Africa
As part of our continued commitment to celebrate our values in practice, we have dedicated this section of the page to our monthly Values Awards Champions. These values champions were nominated by their peers and selected for their commitment to living our values every day.
Francis is a brilliant former volunteer who first joined Restless Development in 2015 as a Volunteer Peer Educator on a HIV prevention programme. Since then he has been a Youth Advocate on the My Voice My Rights campaign which aimed to empower young people to demand better sexual productive health rights as well as holding duty bearers to account and volunteered as a Youth Researcher on the Mastercard Foundation Youth Think Tank programme in East Africa on a youth-led research project aimed at elevating the voices of young people. He is currently studying towards a diploma in Social Development and has established his own youth organisation called Sustainable Nation Uganda.
Francis, right, interviewing a respondent in Mayuge District, Uganda (photo courtesy of 2015 – 2016 Youth Think Tank Report: Insights into Youth Economic Opportunities in East Africa”)
Soniya first volunteered with Restless Development as a Volunteer Team Leader from January to March 2015 as well as volunteering during and following the 2015 earthquake in the child friendly spaces set up by Restless Development. She is now working as a Programme Officer for the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme. She was nominated as a Values Champion by her peers for her dedication, activism and leadership skills.
Soniya, middle, leading a training session with colleagues and partners
Mellisa joined Restless Development in August 2015 as Research Monitoring & Evaluation Manager. She then became the Programmes Quality Manager in 2016, the post she currently holds. Mellisa was recognised as a values champion by her peers for being supportive, passion and energy for youth-led development and always looking to improve our work.
Mellisa, right, celebrating the launch of Restless Development’s new strategy with colleagues.
“In whichever role you are in at Restless Development, I challenge you to be that leader that is value-led, proficient, inventive, collaborative and the sky will be the limit.”
Rajendra joined Restless Development in 2008 as volunteer on an 8 month long Community Youth Empowerment Programme, working closely with schools to deliver life skills based sexual reproductive health session at schools, strengthening the capacity of green clubs and out of schools youth clubs and supporting clubs to organize various awareness raising events. In
2011 he joined Restless Development as Assistant Programme Coordinator for the
dance4life programme. He is now working as the Regional Programme Coordinator
and leads Nepal’s programmes in the Mid and Far Western Region of Nepal, one of the
most deprived and remote areas of the country.
“Let’s keep alive our belief and spirit towards young people, the opportunity we create with and for young people and the values we live.”
Jalloh has built experience in a huge range of areas including a focus on Youth Leadership and Advocacy, Youth Empowerment, Youth Livelihood & Employment, Urban Youth Empowerment to Regional Manager for the Ebola Response.
“When Ebola struck, we needed to make a decision whether to close the office and run or stand the test of time to make our contribution felt. A new passion for emergency work was borne within Restless Development and the team unanimously agreed to open the office and contribute to the Ebola fight. This decision motivated the whole team and within less than a week, 200 young people were assembled for the first Restless Development engagement in the Ebola response. Today, we are all proud for the passion, innovation and brave decisions made as we were able to strongly make our presence felt and Sierra Leone is now Ebola free.”
Sithembele joined Restless Development as a volunteer in 2005, before working with us as an Officer and then Coordinator until 2008. He returned to Restless Development in 2012 as our Programme Manager in South Africa, and has been an essential part of the South Africa management team since then.
“For the Agency to have a long lasting legacy we need to invest in developing our people and generate leaders for today, not tomorrow. I want to ensure when I leave Restless Development one day I will leave a legacy and that there will be people who will be in a position to move our Agency to even greater heights.”
Farai joined Restless Development as a volunteer in 2001 and became a Field Officer shortly after completing his eight month placement. Since then he has worked in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia in various positions before rejoining the Zimbabwe team as their Head of Operations in 2014. Excitingly, in March 2016, he became Country Director in Zimbabwe, becoming the second national volunteer globally to become a Country Director for Restless Development.
“I love the people management part of my role within Restless Development. It allows me to be able to work other young people within the agency, empower them as leaders and inspire others about our work.”
Sunday joined Restless Development in January 2014 as the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator in Uganda. In this role, Sunday coordinates the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Activities in Restless Development Uganda, working closely with the Programmes and Programme Quality team. Beyond his role, Sunday has been an IT Champion in his country and volunteers as a mentor supporting young people with CV writing and interview skills.
“Thank you so much colleagues for voting me as your values champions! I am energized and will even do more to live the Restless Development Values!”
Alex joined Restless Development in June 2013 as a Marketing Intern in the London office, working to develop resources with our country offices and to manage the global website. In January 2014 she became the ‘first face you meet at Restless Development’ in her role as Administrative Support Officer,working from the front desk, closely with the Senior Management Team, People unit and the wider London office. She recently became Strategic Initiatives Manager, working closely with the CEO and COO leading various strategic initiatives effectiveness of our executive team.
"It feels very special to be part of a global Restless Development community, and I hope I can work and meet with even more of you.”
Desmond joined in 2009 as a volunteer. He then went onto becomme a programme coordinator, and later a manager on our 'Tikambe! Let's talk' youth media project.
"What makes Restless Development special is how it provides a supportive environment for staff to develop and grow as young professionals."
Restless Development (Sierra Leone) was founded in 2005, the youngest Country Programme in Restless Development globally. Over the decade to follow, the team forged deep ties with key Ministries, worked in 50% of chiefdoms nationally, built an alumni network of over 1200 ex-volunteers nationally,and led global innovation in areas of gender-based violence, internship programmes, urban slum interventions, business development centres and much more. Hosts of the 2008 Directors Conference, Sierra Leone most vibrant examples of our values and culture in action.
How did Young Sierra Leoneans lead the Ebola fight? Check out this brief video to learn from Jamie, Fodeh, Janiba, Princess and Alhaji about why and how young people led the response.
Why are Communities the Real Heroes? Read this We Are Restless blog by Jamie Bedson that reflects on lessons and recommendations from the Ebola outbreak.
And a final word from our Country Director... Finally, please listen to this message from James Fofannah recorded the day after Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free.
Franklin joined Restless Development in May 2011 as an Assistant Programme Coordinator in Bihar. Today, he works as Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator for the India unit. During his time with Restless Development, Franklin has also represented Restless Development at the United Nations in New York, trained young leaders in Bangladesh, and won the Youth Champions Award from the Packard Foundation for his innovative idea to build a mobile app to support comprehensive sexuality education in local languages in India.
“Practicing what we preach is what makes Restless Development special. We not only advocate for young people’s voices and representation but also practice the same with promoting and giving spaces for youth to involved and speak for themselves.”
Lorraine joined the Restless Development staff in May 2014 after serving as a volunteer in a small village in Senegal for 2 years with the Peace Corps. As a former volunteer, she saw the opportunity to work for Restless Development as the best way to continue her previous work while still living close to her family in New York. As the second staff member to join the US team, she focuses on partnerships, funding and communications.
"My favorite part of Restless Development is my fellow staff members. They are the most passionate and interesting people on the planet, and although I sit in New York most of the time it is really a treat to get to know them remotely and in person when I have the rare chance."
Denice joined Restless Development in 2011 as volunteer in the University Students Network during his studies at the University of Dodoma, working on community service projects around Dodoma Municipal Council. Today, he continues with Restless Development Tanzania as a professional volunteer in Elimu Fursa project (making Education More Relevant to Future Employment Opportunities) where he facilitates sessions with both in-school and out-of-school youth on entrepreneurship skills development in a team with four other volunteers.
“I keep our values alive by being a role model in my community, using my energy, resources and profession to organize and lead my fellow young people in different initiatives to make sure that the community looks at young people on the positive side.”
Lishebo joined Restless Development as a Volunteer Peer Educator in 2005 for 8 months. Following that, he joined Restless Development (Zambia) on the National Board as a young trustee. He worked as an Intern on resource manuals for volunteers and M&E data before becoming Programme Support Officer in 2006, Assistant Programme Coordinator in 2009, ICS Programme Coordinatorin 2012 and Senior Coordinator for Restless Development Zambia in 2014, leading volunteer management, health, safety & security as part of his programme role.
What do you think makes Restless Development so special?
"The value we attach to young people, the perception we have of young people which is communicated through our mission placing young people at the forefront of change and development and how we ensure that they take up leadership roles in development."
Keith joined in June 2011 as Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator. Now the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Keith has been a core member as the team has transitioned from International Programmes to Global Programmes and now to International Youth Engagement.
"On my very first day at Restless Development I went to a finance workshop. Within 10 minutes I was making a paper hat. We're just not quite like everyone else."
Happy joined Restless Development since 2006 as volunteer in Isindagosi village in Njombe, Tanzania, where she worked with young people in-school and out-of-school on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. She notes that “I still receive phone calls from some of them telling me how they continue with their life in positive way after receiving the training I gave them since then.” Today, Happy is Programme Coordinator for the Ruvuma Region in Tanzania, having been a Volunteer, Field Officer, and Assistant Programme Coordinator before her current role.
"We are young people. We are capable of leading our own development. Let us continue to work as a team in finding solutions so that young people can lead development."
A Baroness in the House of Lords, Baroness Jenkin of Kennington has been an active supporter of Restless Development since 2005, becoming one of Restless Development’s Patrons in 2010. Anne has fundraised extensively for Restless Development via the Live Below the Line campaign, where she regularly tops our leader boards and carries the banner for Restless Development externally. She's also an active member of the Ultimate News Quiz committee, one of Restless Development's most high profile events. She champions Restless Development in Parliament and beyond, and has been described as a “Restless super supporter extraordinaire.”
Lesley began with Restless Development in 2001 as a Volunteer Peer Educator, after which he became a high school teacher before returning to Restless Development as a Field Officer in 2010. Since then he has held several programme roles, including his current role of Programme Coordinator since 2012.
"My favourite part of the job is that I get to train, mentor, inspire young people from (sometimes disadvantaged) ordinary young people to volunteers to staff members and beyond."
Tap began working with Restless Development (Nepal) in November 2011 as a Finance Officer. A year later he became Assistant Finance Coordinator in October 2012 before taking on the role of Assistant Finance and Administrative Coordinator in October 2013.
"Youth are present who have power to change present and future of the world...most importantly,
Restless Development is the pioneer of youth-led development. I believe we are here for change, change for betterment and we could change the world because we are youth"
Sabina Sabina joined Restless in October 2013 as Trust & Foundation Partnerships Coordinator in the Investments and Partnerships team based in London. She will soon be moving to Uganda to take up the role of Fundraising & Partnerships Manager with Restless Development (Uganda).
"I love speaking to my colleagues across the globe to learn more about the specific context they are working in, the exciting work that is happening on the ground, the partnerships we have forged with governments, donors or other NGOs and the young people whose lived we have transformed.
You inspire me and I learn from you every day. Thank you for welcoming me into the family."
Juliet joined Restless Development in 2005 as a Volunteer Peer Educator in central Uganda where "this experience and exposure was a great eye-opener for [her] career."
Since then she has worked with Restless Development in a number of different roles including Field Intern, Assistant Finance Coordinator, Assistant Programme Coordinator, Programme Coordinator leading our Karamoja programme, and now Programme Manager leading our Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights programming in Uganda. She notes: "my passion to serve communities and impact lives of young people grows every minute, shaped by broad opportunities and great Restless Development teams trusting and supporting young people to lead."
"Restless Development trusts, supports young people to lead and demonstrate to the world that young people can. It is our opportunity and responsibility as young leaders to demonstrate this potential internally and beyond"
Aftab joined Restless Development in January 2014 as part of the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme, where he served as a Team Leader on the South Africa ICS programame. He is currently back in the UK and taking part in the action at home phase of the ICS journey, exploring how he can inform people about the work he lead in South Africa as well as the broader work that Restless Development leads globally.
"I think it is the people that make Restless Development special. We are young people who have the energy, skills and ability to enact real change and this is what we do at Restless Development day in day out all over the world."
Rachel originally joined Restless Development as a Student Stop AIDS campaigner during university, sparking her discovery of youth-led development as a powerful tool for positive change. Since then she has worked at Restless Development for three and a half years in a number of different role – including Intern, Officer and Coordinator on the Dance4life programme, before becoming Youth Engagement Coordinator focusing on the Action at Home phase of the ICS journey. Last September, Rachel began working as the Big Idea Project Manager, helping to lead this dynamic global initiative. She notes, “every day I leave the office having learnt something new, and feel really privileged to be a part of such an innovative, new project.”
"I think the best thing I have done during my time at Restless has been getting to know and learn from our people. They will challenge you, help you grow, help you learn, support you and inspire you. So take the time to get to know them, they are by far our greatest asset!"