Global Reach: Grantee Partners

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Ghana’s official statistics on youth unemployment paint a complex picture showing 68% of the youth population (15- 35) as employed, 5% unemployed and 27% inactive but mask the fact that a third of those in work are contributing family workers and may not actually earn an additional income. Independent estimates such as those of the ILO shared by the World Bank further complicate the picture by stating that 49% of young men (15-24) and 3% of young women (15-24) are unemployed. In the Northern Region, Ghana’s poorest and the area where NORSAAC works, unemployment among young people aged 15-24 is thought to be 49%. High illiteracy rates (22%), low educational attainment (61% end their education at Junior High School), inadequate employability skills, lack of experience and lack of access to training opportunities force youth to migrate to the South in search of livelihoods opportunities.


NORSAAC works to empower rural and marginalised communities by strengthening their capacity to realise their rights and access services. NORSAAC started in 2002 as a community-based organisation raising awareness of HIV/AIDS among youth in schools. It is now a widely respected organisation working on sexual and reproductive rights, women’s rights and governance and livelihoods development. Where many livelihoods programmes in Ghana fail to meet market demand and focus on traditional trades for women, NORSAAC’s approach combines community interventions which challenge stereotypes with a well-rounded training model combining skills development, financial education, mentoring andpost-graduation support.

Current Grant:

EMpower’s 5th grant to NORSAAC will help the organisation develop its capacity in raising the necessary funds to support implementation of its strategic plan; conduct a mid-term evaluation to assess progress and determine future programmatic priorities; consolidate and document its successful livelihood projects to disseminate its methodologies and continue to develop market relevant livelihood opportunities.

You can support our work with NORSAAC and our other grantee partners.

Our Underwriters pay for all of our administrative and fundraising costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to empowering at-risk youth.