People and organisations are making a big difference fighting some of the major problems facing humanity.

But collectively their attempts often miss something crucial.

Nine out of ten of the world’s young people live in developing countries. They are present in every community, and yet the power they hold to end our biggest problems is being overlooked.

Imagine if we had an alternative way of doing development, where young people could truly lead programmes alongside their communities and solve issues like AIDS and unemployment for good.

The Development Alternative is a new consortium that will co-design alternative ways to do development that are truly led by young people and communities.

What will we do?

In the next 18 months, the consortium will work closely with young people and their communities, and youth-led and focused organisations to co-design approaches to development that ensure these groups define, own and lead solutions to the problems they face.

The Development Alternative, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development, is being led by Restless Development and coordinated in collaboration with eight partners:

Accountable Now; DOT Lebanon; Integrity Action; Intrac; Keep Your Shoes Dirty; United Purpose; War Child; and Y Care.

The programme will be initially tested in Uganda, Madagascar and Iraq and eventually rolled out in Lebanon, Central African Republic, Occupied Palestine Territories, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

What happens next?

Our co-design started with consulting civil society organisation (CSO) based in the global south. If that was you, our survey aimed to gain your insights into the context in which you work, to explain the key barriers you face; and propose what needs to change in development.

The survey is now closed and the findings will be released in February.

Bookmark this page, which will be updated with more ways to get involved in the coming weeks.

We are the Youth Collective. If you believe in the power of young people, join our movement.