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To help break the cycle of poverty, EMpower supports local organizations that enable at-risk youth to acquire the skills and seek the opportunity to earn a decent income within a dignified and equitable work environment. Our focus is aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #8 (SDG 8):

SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

The specific UN Targets which we aim to add our efforts to reach include:

  • By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.
  • By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training.
  • By 2020, develop and operationalize a global strategy for youth employment and implement the Global Jobs Pact of the International Labour Organization.
  • By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products.

Our livelihoods work in 15 emerging market (EM) countries, and within specific communities, each have their own characteristics, barriers and avenues of opportunity for youth. Many face gender issues with girls and young women excluded from higher paying science, engineering and technology paths. Many have few and sometimes unsafe and denegrading work options such as waste picking or domestic work. The grantee partners we work with in the livelihoods arena work to:

  • Enhance employability and job-readiness
  • Improve vocational skills, self-employment and entrepreneurship abilities
  • Open opportunities for training and jobs in areas traditionally not open to females
  • Increase financial literacy and access to microcredit

Unfortunately, some young people face the risk of labor or sex-trafficking. Grantee partners such as Blue Dragon in Vietnam address this issue head-on with rescue, rehabilitation and legal interventions. This aspect of livelihoods work is tied to the UN’s SDG Goal 8 Target:

Target: Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.

There is little argument that sustained and inclusive economic growth is necessary for achieving sustainable development. The global unemployment rate stood at 6.1 per cent in 2015, down from a peak of 6.6 per cent in 2009, mostly owing to a decline in unemployment in the developed regions. But, unemployment affects population groups differently. Globally, women and youth (aged 15 to 24) are more likely to face unemployment than men and adults aged 25 and over. In all regions, except Eastern Asia and the developed regions, the unemployment rate among women is higher than that of men. In almost all regions, the rate of youth unemployment is more than twice that of adults.

At EMpower, we’re looking to open opportunities for the most in-need and marginalized young people, enabling them to tap into their talents and build better lives.

Your support can make a difference to these grantee partner organizations and the young people with whom they work: LIVELIHOODS PARTNERS


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