International Youth Day 2019 Round Up

The Global Goals, created to end extreme poverty, climate change and inequality are off track and our best chance of meeting them is being overlooked. Youth populations around the world are rising and the majority of young people live in developing countries. The world needs young people’s perspectives, expertise and leadership now more than ever.

This International Youth Day, young people across our hubs and around the world have been calling for world leaders to invest in them. Check out what our hubs have been up too.


People & the planet are facing an emergency. This International Youth Day we have signed an open letter addressed to world leaders calling for urgent action on the Global Goals! To join the movement and sign the letter, tweet @RestlessDev with your name.


young leaders in Nepal have worked to take action against Gender Based Violence (GBV) on International Youth Day. 

To mark the day, Nepal has collaborated with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and over 100 organisations, joining a rally with 1500 young people. Restless Development Nepal has been working with its partners in the districts through different events. Head to their facebook page to see more about how they have spent Youth Day!


Restless Development Uganda attended a National International Youth Day celebration today with stakeholders from the government and youth-focused organisations. Representatives from the GAA programme were invited to attend.


Restless Development India’s key messaging was around the narrow understanding of education in India as a tool for job-preparedness to a more robust, personal growth-oriented model. 

The hub conducted an activity at the Youth Resource Centre where school-age children designed their dream school. The activity was aimed at helping understand young people’s expectations and aspirations from the school system.

Sierra Leone

Restless Development has been partnering with the Ministry of Youth Affairs, holding a 4-day summit from the 9th to the 12th August with 10 delegates. Restless Development Sierra Leone facilitated a 3-day workshop for 10 young people and held a Restless Development stand throughout the summit. Read a blog written by Strengthening Accountability, Building Inclusion (SABI) Field Officer Jamie Ansumana about her journey with Restless Development from Staff to Volunteer. Sierra Leone’s hub Director also wrote about the young people he has met in his role.


Restless Development Zimbabwe is planning a Facebook live with young people on the 16th of July, so watch this space! They have a Youth Education through Sports tournament and sexual reproductive health services mobile outreach.

They have also been engaging young people to provide power quotes such as the one seen below from their facebook page.


This Year the International Youth Day Restless Development Tanzania’s celebrations theme was Transforming Education. They held dialogues for out of school youths from 32 regions and Youth’s stakeholders on health education, Sexual Health and Reproductive rights (SHRH) and young people and sexual education.

Young Innovators within Restless Development spoke about how young people can be involved in all aspects of SHRH programmes and policymaking.

South Africa

Restless Development South Africa has been focusing on the transformative power of education, as long as it’s relevant, equitable and inclusive for all young people. Head to their twitter to see what they have been up too.


Restless Development UK was at the ICS Youth Employability and Skills (YES) event on Saturday 10th August. They had a stall to encourage people to join Youth Stop Aids. Ex ICS volunteers were part of a panel discussion. Check out their twitter thread of the day to find out what was discussed.


Restless Development USA was at the United Nations Political Forum last month with youth accountability advocates and Youth Think Tank researchers. You can read blogs about the event by youth representatives Martin and Ritu about what it is like to be a young person in advocacy spaces.


Restless Development Zambia hosted a Provincial Youth Dialogue meeting in Kabwe where young people presented a position paper to the provincial leadership in Central Province. This is a Restless Development event working in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sport. Find out more on their Facebook page.

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International Youth Day 2019 Round Up

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