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
EMpower recently launched its Circle Portfolio, which focuses on local organisations in emerging market countries with lived experience leadership—the leaders of the organisations come from and/or live in the communities they serve, and many are girls, young, indigenous, LGBTQI, and/or living with a disability.Learn More
We are excited to welcome two new partners from Turkey and one from India: Maya Foundation in Istanbul, EGED/ Egitimde Gorme Engelli Dernegi (Association for Visual Impairment in Education) in Ankara, and Sol’s Assessment and Remedial Centre (Sol’s ARC) in Mumbai.Learn More
Recently Cynthia Steele, EMpower’s President and CEO, spoke with Lucie Kucharova, a former Development and Engagement Manager at EMpower in London and Hong Kong, and the founder of lu•ciee, an eco-conscious fashion and lifestyle brand. They spoke about giving back, sustainability, and change and adaptation.Read the Interview
Our grantee partner Roots of Health, in collaboration with researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, recently published three reports that explore the context of teen pregnancy in local communities, which has been rising.Learn More
Daniel Parnetti, EMpower’s Senior Programme Officer for Latin America, gave the opening remarks at the launch of our grantee partner EMPUJAR’s new online employment portal. This platform, which was funded entirely through EMpower support, will more efficiently connect the young people who are graduates of EMPUJAR’s programme with employers.Learn More
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.
Kusi Kawsay is the winner of the 2021 UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development! Located in the town of Pisac, in the Cusco region of Peru, Kusi Kawsay was founded by five indigenous families that were frustrated with the discrimination students of indigenous descent faced in the public-school system. The organisation runs a school that promotes access to intercultural, bilingual and quality education to indigenous youth using an alternative educational model that preserves and honors their heritage. To address high rates of adolescent pregnancy, and increased gender-based violence due to COVID, EMpower’s funding enables Kusi Kawsay to provide comprehensive sexuality education and gender equity training to indigenous young people.
With schools closed due to the pandemic, Kusi Kawsay, like many of our grantee partners, had to switch to online education. They integrated topics relating to the pandemic into the gender equity course, including dialogues on mental health, economic challenges, and gender inequalities that COVID has exacerbated. As part of their final project, young people developed artistic campaigns, through video, paintings, and music, to raise awareness of and address gender inequities.
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.
No upcoming public events listed currently.
Check back soon!
Stay up-to-date on the latest EMpower news, highlights from our grantee partners, upcoming events, and more.