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The Commonwealth Youth Forum was a chance for young people around the world to come together with decision-makers.

Restless Development sent along four youth advocates – Gezire Tembo (from Zambia), Lombe Tembo (also Zambia), Diamond Suma (Sierra Leone) and Pooja Kapahi (India) – and our Youth Power Global Coordinator Primrose Manyalo to the event.

They ran an immersive session on youth-led accountability, were interviewed twice for the BBC, launched Guiding Principles for decision-makers, and had discussions with figures including the UK’s Foreign Secretary and the UN’s Youth Envoy.

Lombe has compiled some of the best photos from the week to share an insight into what such a prestigious event really looks like.


Gezire, Primrose, Diamond and Lombe at the Restless Development offices for a training to prepare for the workshop on youth-led accountability that they would be facilitating at the Commonwealth Youth Forum later in the week.

Sophie Ikenye, the presenter from BBC World News’ Focus On Africa with Primrose, Gezire and Diamond at the BBC talking about how young people can meaningfully engage with their leaders on promises they make.

Lombe, Primrose, Jayathma Wickramanayake (the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth), Diamond, Gezire and fellow youth advocate Pooja pose for a picture after a fruitful meeting with Jayathma on the guiding principles for decision makers to ensure youth leadership.


A youth-led accountability session being facilitated by Lombe, with delegates of the Commonwealth Youth Forum representing different countries. Seen here is a simulation game on data collection for advocacy being explained.


Primrose, Maeve O’Reilly (Restless Development’s Policy and Advocacy Coordinator), Gezire and Diamond at Restless Development offices after a team-building, networking and facilitation training day in preparation for the Commonwealth Youth Forum.

Gezire, Lombe, Primrose and Diamond, bringing their Youth Power to the BBC as they arrive for a television interview to talk about young people as active participants in development.

Pooja and Primrose having a light moment at the Commonwealth Big Lunch during the Commonwealth Youth Forum.

Primrose, Diamond, Ann Mwaniki, Gezire and Pooja posing with Ann’s completed action plan after a successful data simulation game. Ann was happy to share how she would use the knowledge she had gained for her project in Kenya.


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