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
Recently, Pontso Mafethe, Director of Programmes at the African Women’s Development Fund and Chair of EMpower UK's Programme Committee, co-authored the report "Racism, Power and Truth." The report is an urgent examination of the international development field based on the experiences of people of colour.Read here
Our 2020 Annual Report features highlights from this unprecedented year, including stories of the adaptability and strength of our grantee partners and the young people they serve during this most difficult time.Download the Report
Do you want to join an international team doing amazing work empowering young people? We’re looking for a communications generalist with strong project management and writing skills, and digital savvy, to help us tell the stories of impact we and our partners are having around the world.Read More Here
At the final grants meeting of the 2021 fiscal year, EMpower and its US Board recently approved $906,500 in 17 grants to grantee partners in emerging market countries.Read More Here
Jonathan Bayliss of Citadel was a founding member of EMpower UK, subsequent Board Chair, and is currently Board Director. Jonathan recently spoke with Cynthia Steele, EMpower’s President and CEO, about witnessing the impact of EMpower’s work firsthand.Read More Here
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.
Youth Directly Impacted
EMpower is committed to sharing knowledge, tools and lessons-learned that can inform and strengthen youth programs.
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.
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25 girl leaders from 7 Indian cities set out to interview their peers about the impact of COVID-19 on their lives. This report captures findings from the research and actionable recommendations that the girls have put forward to ensure inclusive recovery.
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