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 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.


Grants Made

$45 Million



Youth Directly Impacted

3.1 Million

Lives Touched


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EMpower is committed to sharing knowledge, tools and lessons-learned that can inform and strengthen youth programmes.

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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. 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:

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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 100 active grantee partners in 15 EM countries.

Featured Grantee Partner

Network of Women in Growth (NEWIG)

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."

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