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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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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

Fundacion Alvaralice

COVID caused a rise in poverty and unemployment in Colombia that set the country back by 10 years. Fundacion Alvaralice, in the city of Cali, serves “super marginalised” young people—especially young women—who live in communities beset by gun violence and crime, worsened as a result of the pandemic. They are often unable to find good and stable work, and face high rates of teenage pregnancy. Through its Rumbo Joven programme, Fundacion Alvarice improves their employability prospects, providing life and other skills training, psychosocial support, and job placement services. An overwhelming 60—70% of young people who leave the programme get a formal job after.

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