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

Comment, Policy

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.

Young leaders in the field and the boardroom – Why I became a Trustee


Matthew Otubu, a young trustee for Restless Development and studying towards a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of York, joined our International Board of Trustees for a four year term in July 2015. If you are interested in joining Matthew as a young trustee of Restless Development in the UK, applications are open until Friday 15th January.

Restless Development’s status as a pioneering leader in youth-led advocacy and its commitment to putting young people first were a motivating clarion call to become a Trustee.

The UK may not be recognised as a champion for climate change, but that may be unfair



Jessica Simonds is a postgraduate student in Violence, Terrorism and Security at Queen’s University in Belfast. She is also a member of the action/2015 Youth Panel as a representative for the British Youth Council. Follow her experiences at the youth climate camp in Paris via twitter on @JKSimonds.

The UK may not be fully recognised for its ability to combat and champion climate change, but this author will argue that this may be unfair. As an island nation, we have been given the evidence of how our sea levels will rise and our land mass may be diminished. This could affect us in more ways than having to worry about adapting to smaller territory. Some see it as a national security concern, some see it as a moral concern, whereas others fear for our economy and physical safety. This article hopes to engage you in the topic of our legislation and our ambitions  

How young people are leading the way to a new global strategy for 1.8m people


Ban Ki-Moon stated that young people will be the torch bearers for the next sustainable development agenda, so we’re holding him to that and placing young people at the heart of all our work. In the first of a new fortnightly blog feature about Restless Development’s The Big Conversation, Jack McQuibban, a young staff member in our London office, gives his insight into being on the Youth Strategy Team as Restless Development devises its next global strategy framework.

“The variations in political, economic and social inequality are too significant to be ignored.” Big Conversation respondent.

With the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this year and their implementation as the framework for international development over the next 15 years, it is a crucial period in the history of our organisation as we continue to place young people at the forefront of change. Planning for the future is a challenge for any organisation, but when you’re on the ground in eight countries across Africa, Asia and beyond – responsive to the needs of 1.8 million people globally and remaining flexible in meeting their needs, it gets a whole lot tougher.

Friends for life – Returned ICS volunteers keep in touch with friends in Sierra Leone


As part of our #MoreThanEbola Series, highlighting the efforts of young people  in the fight against Ebola on the anniversary of the first case  in Sierra Leone, we speak to two returned UK International Citizen Service volunteers who are still in contact with the friends they made in Sierra Leone. Daniella Joseph and Angela Stoddard both volunteered in the Bo region in the south of Sierra Leone back in 2013. Through WhatsApp, Facebook and email they’ve kept in touch with the friends they made there and shown solidarity as Sierra Leonean communities fight back against the virus. Here’s what they had to say.

Young people! Imagine a world #Ifweranthings


By Jess Lee – action/2015 youth panelist

What would you change if you were a politician? This was a question posed to all the young people who attended last week’s  ‘If We Ran Things’ event at Channel4 hosted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy. This event is part of a campaign that encourages young people to tell the UK government what they would do if they were in charge.  Young people and politicians filled the room, while a live twitter stream revealed the changes young people around the country would make #ifweranthings.