5 Reasons why Youth Power was needed at this week’s major UN event


Nazzy Amin and Richard Dzikunu , two activists with the Youth Power campaign, share their thoughts from this week’s High Level Political Forum at the UN, where leaders met to make sure the world is on track to deliver the Global Goals. 

Youth-led accountability: the means and ends to “Leave No One Behind”

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Sarah Haynes, Restless Development’s Policy and Research Coordinator, blogs on why the UN’s High Level Political Forum is a chance to listen to young people to help make sure the Global Goals become reality.

A message to David Cameron & Justine Greening – and their successors

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Alex Kent is the UK Director of Restless Development and blogs as David Cameron steps down as the Prime Minister of the UK and Justine Greening moves on from her role as Secretary of State for International Development.

We do not often thank our politicians, but if there is anything that Jo Cox’s murder – and the short lived outburst of people saying #ThankYourMP afterwards – showed us, it is that if we want them to be better people, we need to treat them as people. That means thanking politicians for their service and thanking them when they get things right. No way will we stop campaigning to hold all governments to account and change their policies, but David Cameron’s government, and Justine Greening especially, have made a massive difference to the young people trying to make the world a better place, and so I feel we need to thank them both.

My Washington Experience.


During the 13-15h June, Restless Development sent two youth delegates to the Global Youth Forum 2016 in Washington D.C, USA. Nora Nyirenda from Zambia and Rafaella Galdeono from the UK attended the Forum, hosted by the World Bank Group and it’s Global Partnership for Youth in Development, to ensure that young people had a voice in these big discussions. Here, Nora who is a former staff member in our Zambia office, shares with us her thoughts and feelings following the Forum.

When the cameras have gone

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Jack McQuibban is Restless Development’s Advocacy & Networks Coordinator, and blogs from the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul where he is working with youth demanding to be at the heart of humanitarian action.

It’s early on a Tuesday evening. The sun is going down across the sprawling Istanbul skyline and the dust is settling on the first ever World Humanitarian Summit. Yet tucked away in a dark room on the second floor of the conference centre remains a group of young people chatting away happily amongst themselves.

Young People at the Heart of Humanitarian Action


Princess Aruna, Augusta Jata Ashun and Jack McQuibban are all young Restless Development staff members from our Sierra Leone and UK offices. They will all be attending the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul from the 23-24th May, a unique opportunity for world leaders and young people to come together to discuss how to solve some of the biggest problems facing humanity today.

In today’s world there is a growing sense of insecurity and uncertainty; new challenges have arisen that require new solutions. In 2015 alone, a staggering 125 million people were in need of humanitarian assistance. As a result Ban Ki-moon,  the United Nations Secretary-General, has convened the first World Humanitarian Summit to bring governments, donors, the private sector and young people together in Istanbul. This is an unprecedented, unique call to action: a demand that we begin to find new solutions to the biggest issues facing humanity today.

Bringing research to life with Forum Theatre


In this blog Gioel Gioacchino, a Case for Space young researcher, demonstrates how Forum Theatre can be used as an alternative method of engaging young people with research findings. Utilizing a Recrear-adapted version of Forum Theatre, Gioel explored the findings of the ‘From Rhetoric to Action’ research report during Civicus’ International Civil Society Week in Bogota.

Why and how I’m making sure my government delivers on its promises

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Natalie Robi Tingo, 23, a Youth Power Accountability Advocate from Kenya, gives her take on why and how young people and governments should work together to keep promises made in the Global Goals – a message she has taken to the OGP Africa Regional Meeting 2016.  

Youth Power and why the OGP promise depends on it


Victoria Forsgate is a youth and accountability expert and  was previously Head of Policy & Practice at Restless Development in London. Victoria is now based Jakarta and in this piece she explains how the Open Government Partnership and youth can work together. This post originally appeared on the OGP blog.