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
Our President & CEO Cynthia Steele attended a private roundtable event at the annual Clinton Global Initiative convening, on how to scale financing for mental health.Learn More
Adam Heuman, VP, Global Development and Communications, was recently a part of a thought-provoking panel discussion at ReThink HK, the largest sustainability conference in Hong Kong. He spoke about the role businesses can play to catalyse and quantify social impact.Learn More
We are delighted to welcome Basak Yavuz, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, as our newest US Board Director! Basak has been engaged with EMpower since 2016 and has been a strong champion of the empowerment of young people in emerging market countries.
Join us in welcoming Marc Balston to our US Board! Marc has worked in emerging markets for over 20 years and has served on our UK Board of Directors since 2013. We are pleased to now have Marc on both our US and UK Boards.
Our Adolescent Girls Learning Communities in Mumbai and Delhi—safe spaces where girls can come together and be in the driver’s seat—recently celebrated their 10th anniversary. This toolkit features the voices and expertise of these girls and includes practical and actionable guidance for individuals and organisations planning girl-centred programmes.Read our Programme Guide
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
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:
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.
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 in their education, goal setting and future planning.
Since our partnership, 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.
Our Adolescent Girls Learning Communities in Mumbai and Delhi—safe spaces where girls can come together and be in the driver’s seat—recently celebrated their 10th anniversary. This toolkit features the voices and expertise of these girls and includes practical and actionable guidance for individuals and organisations planning girl-centred programmes. It includes fresh ideas on how to create and sustain programmes that enable girls to lead, in their own lives and in their communities.
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