• Organization TypeImplementing NGO, Advocacy NGO
  • Staff251-500
  • Development Budget5 Million - 25 Million
  • HeadquartersUnited Kingdom
  • Founded1985
Restless Development, the youth-led development agency, previously Students Partnership Worldwide (SPW), was founded in 1985 by Jim Cogan OBE. Its mission is to place young people at the forefront of change and development. Restless Development currently works in India, Nepal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe and also has offices in London and New York. Restless Development works to ensure to bring young people to the decision-making table across three goal areas: 1. Civic participation 2. Livelihoods and Employment 3. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights What They Do The agency trains, educates, supports and inspires young people to lead development in their countries and communities. 1. It helps young people make responsible choices about their health and their livelihoods. 2. It gives them the skills they need to contribute positively to society. 3. It creates the opportunity for young people to play active roles in policy and decision making. Restless Development is driven forward by young people and young professionals around the world. More than 1,000 young men and women, with an average age of 21 years, lead the direct delivery of the programmes in communities across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Around 87% of Restless Development's volunteers are national volunteers. Restless Development also sends volunteers from the UK abroad to work alongside national volunteers through its flagship International Citizen Service (ICS) programme. ICS is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Restless Development is also part of the Stop AIDS Campaign, and has responsibility for coordinating the Student Stop AIDS Campaign. A significant number of Student Stop AIDS campaigners are former Restless Development volunteers.

Where is Restless Development
Staff5Location of current staff
Projects10Location of contracts awarded


Staff at Restless Development have experience in


  • development
  • youth
  • market research
  • reproductive health
  • research & development


  • goal global
  • ec


  • zimbabwe
  • tanzania
  • uganda
  • united states
  • india


  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • experience in recruitment
  • international experience
  • with experience in conflict areas

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Company Offices
  • United Kingdom (headquarters)
  • London
  • 7 Wootton Street
  • Zambia
  • Lusaka
  • Suite 107, Foxdale Court Office Park Zambezi Rd, Roma
  • Zambia
  • Kabwe
  • 15 Gwembe Street High Ridge
  • United States
  • New York
  • 227 W. 17th Street, 3rd Floor
  • Uganda
  • Jinja
  • Plot 6 Acacia Road,P.O.Box 1208
  • Uganda
  • Kampala
  • Plot 194, Kigobe/Kyambogo Road PO BOX 599, Ntinda
  • Zimbabwe
  • Harare
  • 10 Bertram Road Milton Park
  • Tanzania
  • Iringa
  • Uhuru Avenue
  • Sierra Leone
  • Freetown
  • 22 Kingharman Road Brookfields
  • Nepal
  • House No.7, 2nd Cross Street Jwagal, Lalitpur
  • India
  • New Delhi
  • N-25 (second floor) Green Park Extension
  • Tanzania
  • Dar es Salaam
  • Regent Business Park, building B, 3rd floor Mikocheni A

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Primary sectors

Monitoring / Evaluation
Reproductive Health
Events / Training
Performance Measurement
Research & Development
Financial Services
Banking & Finance Budgeting

Contract Awards

Increase Community Identification of Ebola Cases and Adoption of Safe Practices

Other - Funding NGO / CSO, Other - Private Foundations / Corporations, United Nations (UN), Department for International Development (DFID) - United Kingdom, Comic Relief, Children's Investment Fund Foundation - CIFF

Colours of the Rainbow

Other - Funding NGO / CSO

Tikambe Let’s Talk

Other - Funding NGO / CSO

Tikambe Let’s Talk Project

Other - Funding NGO / CSO

Earmarked in Zambia

Zambian Governance Foundation