We are recruiting 18 volunteers for our exciting consortium election project ‘FAHAMU, ONGEA, SIKILIZWA’ project. The project aims to improve capacities of young people to participate in the election process as future voters, monitors, and contestants.

We will achieve this by educating young people on the process, their rights, and their responsibilities as citizens; activate young people to register, vote, and take part in the elections in other roles (such as monitors and contestants), and work closely with the electoral bodies to ensure young people have space to participate. This project will be implemented on the ground by a team of skills Restless Development alumni and community volunteers in eighteen regions of the country.

For more information about the project CLICK HERE for job description.

If you are interested CLICK HERE to download the application form. Remember to send your application to before the closing date Monday 19th January 2015. Please Note, Resumes, Cover letters or certificate will not be considered.

If you are  Restless Development Tanza- worked as volunteer, intern or staff, please complete the form below.

Please note: This for is only for alumni re-connection and inquiries (maulizo) about application. All application requests sent through this contact form will not be considered 

18 volunteers needed

By Restless Development Tanzania.

new picVote for the changes that would make
the most difference to your world
The United Nations and partners want to hear from YOU! MY World is a global survey asking you to choose your priorities for a better world. Results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda. Tell us about the
world you want, because your voice matters.Go to :

My World Campaign

By Restless Development Tanzania.



The Training will be conducted at the University of Dodoma( in one of the selected venues) on 1st December( Saturday ) to 5th December(Wednesday) 2012.


Selected UDOM Applicants to Join Volunteer Peer Education Training in Dodoma

By Restless Development Tanzania.

The 2012 Ibrahim Youth Delegation are here!

Angel M waipopo The 2012 Ibrahim Youth Delegation

On Sunday 11th November, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation will be hosting the 2012 Ibrahim Forum with the topic focusing on Youth Employment, Education and Civic Participation in Africa. Restless Development – in collaboration with the Foundation – are going to be taking an energetic and highly-skilled group of Youth Delegates and Youth Communicators to attend and actively participate in the Forum. Our aim is to contribute to improved livelihood outcomes for young people in Africa by ensuring that their perspectives and realities feed into this high-level discussion forum.

We are very excited to say that we have now successfully recruited the 20-strong Youth Delegation from our extensive alumni network, friends and partners across Africa, and their training is now well under way!

Our 15 Youth Delegates and 5 Youth Communicators represent each corner of the continent (North, South, East and West) and have all come from a diverse range of life experiences in addition to social, economic and cultural backgrounds;

  • Youth Delegates:- will be participating as speakers in the audience during the thematic panel discussions and ‘Q&A’ as well as networking with high-level guests and meeting with Official Representatives from their country of origin who are attending the Forum
  • Youth Communicators: – will create or develop an online/offline youth community with their peers and community members at home and will be connecting to live and existing social media platforms.

The Forum itself will focus on three core themes to be discussed by a diversity of high-level panel members; covering key factors that pose a challenge to the economic and social development of Africa’s youth population;

Education: – African youth are better educated but have few employment prospects compared to their parents. On the continent, too many African young people are neither employed, nor studying, nor looking for a job. What needs to be done to increase the competitiveness of African youth within the global market?

Employment and Economic Outlook: – Africa has become an important player within the global economic system. Sub-Saharan Africa has higher growth prospects than the global average, Middle East & North Africa, Latin America and Europe. Meanwhile, demographic shifts, the western world’s financial crisis, and the development of technologies, are impacting the shape of the global job market. What will the global job demand look like, at world level and in Africa?  How will this impact on youth employment prospects? 

Youth Civic Participation: – The continental average age is 20 years old and the average age of African leaders is 62. Electoral absenteeism has been rising among African youth. How committed are Africa’s youth to shaping the environment around them?  How committed are policy makers to listening to and including African youth in policy decisions?

Over the next two weeks we will be sharing information and questions – via our social media networks – which will draw on these themes and the possible outcomes of this forum, so stay tuned for more information!

To find out more about our youth delegates and communicators visit our dedicated page to the forum here.

Adam Abraham

Adam Abraham

21, Tanzania

Very active student who is working on livelihoods issues in Tanzania. Adam has lots of great ideas about the role that entrepreneurship has to play in addressing youth unemployment in his country, and the need for more vocational training at an early age. AISEC volunteer, and has set up a small tshirts company to fund his education.
Angel Mwaipopo

Angel Mwaipopo

24, Tanzania

Working with the livelihoods team in East Africa to develop an online platform which will connect unemployed youth with potential future employers and job openings aimed at young people. Lots of grassroots experience and plenty of stories to tell!

Aviwe Mboyiya

21, South Africa

At the beginning of her path to support youth-led development in South Africa. Very connected at the grassroots level, with heaps of passion and lots of ideas about how to address education issues on the ground.

Christabel Machila

26, Zambia


Very involved in research and evaluation with the Restless Development team in Zambia – has lots of knowledge on the national situation for young people, and really keen to learn from others across the continent.
Fedi Bahri

Fedi Bahri

27, Tunisia

Disability rights campaigner from Tunisia who has experienced strong discrimination in the workplace for being deaf. Fedi has since been building relationships between Ministry for Employment, unemployed youth with disabilities and potential future employers. He will be accompanied by his interpreter – Houssem Aloui.
Imane Benjelloun

Imane Benjelloun

20, Morocco

Energetic Marketing student from Morocco engaged in multiple youth-development initiatives in Morocco. Focus areas include HIV/AIDS, climate change, sustainable agriculture and entrepreneurship for young people. Hopes to set up an organic farm to hire unemployed youth and re-strengthen agricultural sector in her country.
James Ochan Amos

James Ochan Amos

29, South Sudan

Strong disability rights campaigner from South Sudan who believes passionately in the role young people can play in governance, having been so inspired by the role of youth during the revolution in Sudan to create an independent state of South Sudan. Also discrimated for his mobility impairment.
Joel Bamwise

Joel Bamwise

21, Uganda

Very passionate about addressing poverty and injustice amongst the youth in Uganda. Has been hugely active in employment and livelihoods work at a local community level, having volunteered as a peer educator with Restless and started his own NGO called Implementers Uganda.
Kaddijatou Manneh

Kaddijatou Manneh

21, The Gambia

Young development worker from The Gambia who is keen to learn new lessons from across the region to help address issues relating to Education and Employment for youth at home.
Lilly Mensah

Lilly Mensah

23, Ghana

A very talented ghanian youth advocate and reporter with strong knowledge on the current situation at home for young people. Has struggled to make the voice of youth heard in the media in Ghana and is passionate about strengthening youth inclusion in society, particularly those with disabilities.
Mthulisi Moyo

Mthulisi Moyo

26, Zimbabwe

Passionate about uniting a strong, skilled and knowledgeable network of young people in Africa to address developmental issues that affect them the most. Has carried out lots of livelihoods training with youth in Zimbabwe and has lots of ideas to share.
Prince Wilondja

Prince Wilondja

24, DRC

Highly creative youth worker who has started his own ice cream company to find work for young people who are victims of conflict in the DRC. V passionate on issues of sustainable development and youth representation in decision-making.
Yeabsira Bogale

Yeabsira Bogale

23, Ethiopia

Experienced young advocate and youth worker from Ethiopia who is working hard to raise the under-represented voice of ethiopian youth. V knowledgeable on the socio-economic picture, and already has lots of advocacy work under her belt!
Yves Ghislain

Yves Ghislain

24, Senegal

Young senegalese youth ‘Activista’ who is passionately working on youth sexual health issues. Very excited to see that the Forum will be taking place in his country, as he feels strongly that Senegalese Youth have a lot to give.
Zoneziwoh Mbundgulo

Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo

27, Cameroon

Very passionate advocate and youth campaigner working to raise the profile of youth-led development in Cameroon. A skilled communicator and very knowledgeable on the socio-economic picture in her country right now.
Alfred Muteru Ndumo

 Alfred Muteru Ndumo

27, Kenya

– East Africa

Hugely knowledgeable on the social, political and economic picture across the continent, with a particular interest in the power of the African youth diaspora to input in to the future of their respective nations. Working at the African Leadership Centre with a focus on security issues.

Doudou Kajangu

29, DRC

– Central Africa

Great online skills with an engaging personal blog that deals with youth-facing issues in DRC at the moment, particularly on areas of post-conflict development, sexual and reproductive health, and employment and education.
Funso Bukoye

Funso Bukoye

24, Nigeria

– West Africa

An emerging young journalist from Nigeria who has been blowing the trumpet for the youth for several years now, and has built a wide network and good reputation for her work.
Hend Sallam

Hend Sallam

24, Egypt

– North Africa


Young Egyptian blogger and journalist who is greatly interested in the role young people have played in the Arab spring across the north of Africa. Experienced in communicating around conferences and v active on Twitter.
Isaac Mwaipopo

Isaac Mwaipopo

24, Zambia

– Southern Africa


An excellent young communicator with radio and journalistic experience, and lots of work in the field on livelihoods projects to boot! Keen to hear from others experiences to help him contribute to improved approaches in Zambia.
Richard Wanzala

Richard Wanzala


Facilitator – Training, Forum Support and Debrief
Primrose Manyalo

Primrose Manyalo


Facilitator – Training, Forum Support and Debrief
Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith


Facilitator & Project Officer

Victoria Forsgate


Facilitator & Project Manager
 Ababacar Kante

Ababacar Kante


Facilitator – Translation Support

The 2012 Ibrahim Youth Delegates have been chosen!!

By Restless Development Tanzania.

click Pregnant Schoolgirls Arrested.Tz.26 Oct 2012 to download the scanned document source from The Citizen Newspaper

various organisation bodies and departments should help with this.It is reported by the Citizen correspondent on 26th october 2012

that pregnant school girls are arrested just BECAUSE THEY DON’T NAME THE MEN/BOYS RESPONSIBLE with the pregnancy.

We should go deep in to this,what should be done….please help to come up with ideas to help girls reach their educational goals.

Pregnant schoolgirls arrested?

By Restless Development Tanzania.

State of Youth in Tanzania:

Dilhani Wijeyesekera, Country Director

50% of the world’s population is under 25.That’s 3 billion people.

Young people are most affected by extreme poverty, lack of employment and poor health. All too often they are also the group with fewest opportunities to contribute to the decision making processes that could change this.

We know that the ‘restless’ energy of young people can drive positive change in communities, countries and the globe. We have seen it.

Young people are not only the leaders of tomorrow. They are leaders for today.

Young people will change the world. It’s a fact. Many examples in recent history from Syria to Kenya show that when young people are left out, they could make their choices without reference to society.

Young people are creative, open to change, energetic and resourceful. When we help young people to harness their potential –to have a voice and to lead-the impact is huge, positive and can result in benefits for all.

The question for us is what can we do to help to ensure their choices are positive? We are on the cusp of change; the world is becoming more youthful. The Un Secretary General has announced the prospective appointment of a Special Advisor on youth.

Why does this matter to Tanzania?

Tanzania is already the 10th largest youth population, 47% of the populations are under 15(Source: Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey 2010) and the ‘youth boom’ is expected in the next decade.

We need to prepare now for this shift.

Young people are burdened by three key challenges in their lives-staying healthy, achieving a sustainable income, and participating. We must learn now to include and engage young people in development and decision making.




State of Youth in Tanzania:A brief Note



BY Mr Linus

Restless Development in collaboration with the ministry of information, youth, culture and Sports (MIYCS) organized a national workshop that aimed at coordinating the national youth sector in the implementation of the National Youth Development Policy (NYDP).Over 30 youth led organizations managed to participate.


The overall objective of the workshop was on two folds;

First; to provide opportunity for youth led and youth focused organizations to meet with the MIYCS leadership and few elected Member of Parliament and discuss on how activities in the implementation of the National Youth Development Policy can best be coordinated to yield the best expected outcome for the best interest of the nation.

Second; to educate and raise awareness of youth on the constitution and the new constitutional review act and sensitize them to turn up in giving their views and opinions to The Constitutional Review Commission (CRC)


Specifically the workshop aimed to;

Provide background to the youth led and youth focused organization on the process that led to the formulation of the NYDP

Raise awareness of the youth led and youth focused organizations  on the NYDP implementation plan and tools

Provide opportunity to youth led and youth focused organizations to present on their activities and impact they are making to the society.

Provide opportunity for stakeholders to agree and come up with National Youth Sector Coordination Group

To educate youth around constitution and constitutional review act and sensitize them to give their views and opinions.


At the end the following outputs were achieved;

Participants obtained greater understanding of how the NYDP came into place and therefore in a better position to participate in reviews for the purpose of improving its implementation.

Participants acquired an understanding of implementation plan and roles of various stakeholders and how to make use of the national tools for the implementation of the NYDP

Participants agreed on the modality of coming up with National Youth Coordination Group.

Youth have a better understanding of the constitution and have been sensitized to participate in the constitutional review process.



By Restless Development Tanzania.

Highlights for the USA visit. This year I had an opportunity to visit the USA for the International Aids conference which was held in Washington DC in July. During this trip I also had the opportunity to take part in the pre conference at the Galladatte University. Below are highlights of the trip in the USA. 

I had the privilege to accompany the Restless Development CEO,the USA country representative and the Director of investments and Partnership, to a donor meeting in New York. I also sat in the international USA board meeting ,and in both meetings I shared my experience as a volunteer and young staff member of Restless development. It was an amazing experience for me, it reminded me how far I’ve come with Restless Development.

During the Pre conference I had the privilege of meeting the Deputy Director of UNAIDS ………..,during the sessions I shared our work in Tanzania with the rest of the delegates at the pre conference. It was amazing to see how people were interested in the case studies and Researches that I shared around SRH. My aim for the pre conference was to build partnerships and networks for the Alumni in Tanzania, to see how best we could advocate for SRH rights as young people to our government leaders. So far I managed to register under Y+ Leadership Network. This is a network for young leaders in Africa who want to see change in the lives of young people in the communities they live in, by lobbying and advocating for rights that will fully support them to be productive and proactive in their communities. The network exists in Tanzania and I was privileged to be introduced by the Y+ LEARDERSHIP president of Nigeria, to the Tanzanian Network through email. I also joined the Youth Force and Advocates for Youth Networks. The advantage of being a part of these networks is that through them, we could run sessions especially during the pre conference and it’s easier to get a scholarship to both conferences (pre and main conference). 

I joined Jean in her meeting with Rush Foundation during the main conference, which was very successful. We got to share with Rush our work in the other country programs. I also shared the State of the youth report as they were interested in youth led research.

We had a special meeting with Pepfer’s Technical advisor (HIV/AIDS prevention office of the U.S Global), during this meeting I shared our work both Tanzania and Zambia.

I met with the Former President of Zambia Kenneth Kaunda during the main conference. Dr Kaunda has played a large role in Zambia through advocating for people living with HIV. He’s also been part of numerous Campaigns that address issues of stigma and discrimination. 

I attended a session on the Princess of Africa Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s Journey in the fight against HIV and Malaria. The session concentrated on African women empowerment. During this session that I shared briefly our work in Tanzania, and also the amazing work we were doing in raising young people to be at the forefront of change and development of which I gave them a practical example of myself. I shared the women and girls empowerment programme that Restless Development Tanzania will be starting and the Research on Barriers to women and girls development in Tanzania. Yvonne was amazed by our work. The beauty of it is that Yvonne also wants to be my mentor, and according to her she feels that I’m a young African woman who’s come a long way and she sees a bright future ahead of me. During the same meeting I met with the Deputy Minister of Children, gender and development of South Africa.

On the second day of the main Conference Jean and myself presented an Abstract that was done in done in Zambia, on access to youth friendly services in 4 communities. We also took the opportunity to share our work as Restless Development to the delegated that came to our poster. It was amazing to learn that Restless Development was mentioned and acknowledged by the National Institute of Medical Research in Tanzania (NIMIR) as an organization that contributed tremendously to the success of their 3 abstracts that were presented during the conference. 

I had the chance to visit the Global Fund Advocate Network Booth where hundreds of people shared their personal experiences on their advocacy work in the field of HIV. I shared my story with the team, in which I spoke of what motivated me as a young person to become an advocate for HIV. This exercise came with a price, since they were only selecting the 30 best stories that would appear in their presentation during next year’s Global Fund Meeting with all the Global leaders. I was very lucky to be among the 30 finalists and was awarded a Kodak camera. In addition, I was asked to write 5-8 other stories which will feature in their website during the Global Leaders meeting next year in February. This will help to advocate for more funds for HIV activities, especially for African Countries which are the beneficiaries of the funds.

Another interesting session I attended was on the Public partnership sectors where our Minister of Health and Social Welfare  Prof David H Mwakyusa gave a very beautiful speech. The speech

  was about what Tanzania has done so far with the PPs funds in relation to meeting the priorities of the nation in line with health. As a representative of other young people in Tanzania, I wanted to know if at all those priorities that the government puts up are in anyway targeting the needs of young people especially in relation to access to youth friendly services on Sexual and reproductive health. The Prof’s response was,” the Government mainly they targeted the whole nation and not individual groups”. I politely challenged him by saying “as you are aware Sir, 66% of Tanzania’s population Is under the ages of 25, we make up most of Tanzania’s population we are growing big in number, and our needs are different from the other population groups”. My second question to him was, “do you think it’s possible for Tanzania to prioritize on Health specifically targeting young people?” His response, “we can chat about that when we get back to Tanzania”, he then gave me his personal mobile number and email address to set up an appointment. My suggestion is to come up with a presentation that will convince him as to why we think young people should be prioritized. With me is Prof David Mwakyusa Minister of Finance

During the last day of the conference I met with Anna Harman. She runs a foundation in the USA where they provide educative games to Africa for students on SRH and HIV. Games for the World foundation has a partnership with Dance4life and an organization called Grassroots soccer in Tanzania. Anna Harman donated table games to Restless Development and I came with the 2 large bags. She paid the excess luggage cost at the airport. Anna is interested in knowing If these games will impact the lives of young people, and would love to keep the relationship with Restless Development going. Ignas Kaongola our Programme coordinator for Dance4life is the one who connected me to her through email. I also took this opportunity to share with Anna about our work in Tanzania especially with youth camps. She was particularly impressed by the Umoja dada’s youth camp. She is interested in buying their beads to use them for raising funds for more games in Africa. I committed myself to taking pictures of the different items and sending them so she can choose what she wants. I will also talk to Liz to see how best we could do this for I belive it will support the Umoja dada’s group in raising income. 

The trip to the USA was an opportunity of a life time and I made sure that I made the most of it, each single day that I was there. I felt very prepared and supported by both teams here in Tanzania and the USA (Jean) in making this trip a success.

My wish for Restless Development is to take advantage of such important international conferences to make our presence felt. Looking forward At the moment am looking forward to coming up with a hub. This is a mini workshop that I will run in Dar ,giving other young people a feel of how the conference was and share some specific sessions that I found very useful. This can be done between now and December. I’m told that through the American Embassy, the UN is coming up with a group that will make a follow up of the conference details, and also prepare for the next Conference which will be held in Australia. They will be getting in touch with all of the 40 people that attended the conference from Tanzania.

By Ntenje Katota

Research and Communications Assistant Programme Coordinator

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By Restless Development Tanzania.