We partner with local organisations in emerging market countries, and other change-makers, to enable marginalised young people to transform their lives and communities.Learn About What We Do
Explore how EMpower facilitated learning opportunities—both in-person and virtual—around the world this past year and how we and our partners are using this knowledge to inform our programmes and priorities.Read our Report
Read a new op-ed in Alliance Magazine by Senior Programme Officer Theodoros Chronopoulos, sharing 10 guiding questions that funders and organisations should consider to better invest in adolescent mental health.Read the Op-Ed
Recently, EMpower’s President & CEO Cynthia Steele spoke with Jimmy Pham, the founder of Know One, Teach One (KOTO), Vietnam’s first social enterprise. Jimmy has been recognised as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, and won the Waislitz Global Citizens' Choice Award.Read the Full Interview
We are excited to announce our new and evolved Girls and Gender Strategy! Prioritising girls and young women has always been a key focus of EMpower. Previously we had done this work through specific girls- and gender-focused grants and initiatives; now we are prioritising and integrating it throughout our entire portfolio.Learn More
Join us in welcoming Kevin Murphy to our US Board! Kevin is currently Senior Managing Director, Partner, and Fixed Income Portfolio Manager at Wellington Management and has been a major champion of EMpower’s work since 2020. We are very grateful for his passionate support of our programmes.
For 20 years, we have worked alongside local organisations and young people to advance innovative programming and best practices to enable youth to live their full potential.
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There are more than 1.8 billion young people in the world, and many emerging market countries currently have their largest populations of young people ever. And these numbers are only expected to grow over the next 10 years. Already experiencing significant poverty, discrimination, violence, and exclusion, young people living at the margins now face the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19. The crisis has taken an unprecedented toll on their schooling, health, safety, and livelihoods. Our support to local partners aims to create more opportunities, assets, networks, and safe spaces for young people. EMpower provides financial grants and other value-added support to local organisations in emerging market countries in three interconnected areas that are key to youth development:
With partnership at the heart of our work, EMpower learns from and with our partners, leveraging and sharing learnings from our 100 active grantee partners in 15 EM countries.
EMpower has been a longtime supporter of the Network of Women in Growth (NEWIG) in Ghana. NEWIG provides vocational and entrepreneurial training to rural women and has helped thousands to set up or develop their businesses. They recently trained young women from marginalised communities in the Volta Region in greenhouse farming. This is an important skillset to have in an area where agriculture is the main source of income. Executive Director Mawulawoe Adjoa Awity noted: "Our dream is to implement such projects nationwide, which will lead to job creation, contribute to the growth of the economy, and improve livelihoods—thereby changing communities."
Our Adolescent Girls Learning Communities in Mumbai and Delhi—safe spaces where girls can come together and be in the driver’s seat—recently celebrated their 10th anniversary. This toolkit features the voices and expertise of these girls and includes practical and actionable guidance for individuals and organisations planning girl-centred programmes. It includes fresh ideas on how to create and sustain programmes that enable girls to lead, in their own lives and in their communities.
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