A new global five-year strategy which seeks to transform the lives of more than 1.8 billion young people in Zimbabwe and beyond has been launched  in Harare.

The development marked the emergence of a new paradigm for development as youths no longer have to wait and depend on aid or governments for assistance.

The 2017 to 2021 strategy was launched by Restless Development Zimbabwe, highlighting how youths can be key drivers in achieving a level playing field in sustainable development.

Some of the goals include enhancing leadership and sexual rights for the youths.

One of the beneficiaries, Munyaradzi Mhike welcomed the initiative, saying it gives youths full participation and enables them to master their own destiny.

Restless Development Zimbabwe Finance and Administration Manager, Maxwell Dondo said they organised the launch to give youths a platform to lead in developmental issues.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Development, Indeginisation and Economic Empowerment, Dr Desire Sibanda said the government is determined to ensure the inclusion of youths in various sectors in all provinces.

The full engagement of the young people, who represent over 60% of the total population of Zimbabwe, in advocacy and national development discourse is critical for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Increased youth involvement in key issues can drive economic growth, fight unemployment and reduce the number of young people migrating to other countries in search of work.