No Future Without Us: Young people have the power to lead


Douglas Imaralu is a communications and international development professional. He is presently a Partnerships and Communication Fellow with Restless Development, USA and a Fellow of the White House/Atlas Corps Emerging Global Leaders Initiative (EGLI) program from Nigeria. He writes from New York.

Young people leading the Open Government Partnership


Richard Dzikunu is an Accountability Advocate at Restless Development, based in Ghana.  Fiammetta Wegner is the Networks and Capacity Building Officer at Restless Development, based in London. In this post, they make the case for young people leading the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

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 Future Of Development Never Looked Brighter


As the Sustainable Development Goals were officially adopted in New York last month, Keya Khandaker, a #BigIdea Accountability Advocate from the UK, explains exactly why we should be excited about the future of development.

As we get closer to the finalization of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) at the end of the month, we can celebrate and appreciate the inclusive approach to their formulation. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the participation of young people in the high level consultations that went into developing these goals. From the revolutionary inclusion of young people at the UN, to anyone getting their say in the World We Want survey, it is undeniable that the SDGs have been made by young people for young people. Our future is brighter, knowing young people are no longer left behind.

Why a young Tanzanian is more likely to participate in our Big Conversation than the Election


Maimuna Mtengela is an Intern at Restless Development Tanzania and she leads the field implementation of our Iringa Young Reporters Network – part of our most successful project in Tanzania called MabintiTushikeHatamu! (Girls lets be leaders). In the second piece of a new fortnightly blog feature about Restless Development’s Big Conversation, she explains why young people would rather participate in The Big Conversation than the General Election in Tanzania.

“We will buy everything three days before election day, when election day come we will go early in the morning to vote and after that we will lock ourselves at home, this is for both of you”. That’s what my mother is telling us almost every time we talk about the 2015 Tanzanian General Election, which will be held this October.