We are EMpower

We partner with local organisations in emerging market countries, and other change-makers, to enable marginalised young people to transform their lives and communities.

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EMpower Impact to Date

For more than 23 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.


Grants Made

$50 Million


1 Million

Youth Directly Impacted

3.5 Million

Lives Touched

We work globally to empower marginalised youth, especially girls.

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. Experiencing significant poverty, discrimination, violence, and exclusion, young people living at the margins face the lingering effects and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and continued economic upheaval. The last several years have 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:

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Partnership with Impact

With partnership at the heart of our work, EMpower learns from and with our partners, leveraging and sharing learnings from our 150 active grantee partners in 15 EM countries.

Featured Grantee Partner

Kidspire Vietnam

In Vietnam, millions of young people face significant challenges that hinder their ability to achieve their full potential. Due to low incomes and unsafe conditions, families are often left with no choice but to put their children in institutional care. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation. In Ho Chi Minh City, more than 2,200 children lost their parents to the virus.

Kidspire was founded in 1991 with the aim to find adoptive families for children in need of care. Now, their vision has expanded to encompass a broader mission, which is to support these children and young people with their education, setting goals, and planning their futures. 

Since our partnership began in 2021, Kidspire has equipped over 100 young people with transferable skills, specifically in digital and internet literacy, while also amplifying the involvement of youth voices in their programmes. 

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