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
In a new op-ed for Devex, President & CEO Cynthia Steele explains how EMpower's trust-based, long-term, and flexible funding model offers a promising pathway to transfer power to local organisations and how other funders can follow suit.Read the Op-ed
In the latest blog in our Shifting the Narrative series, Jeremy Llewelyn, Chair of EMpower’s Joint Executive Committee, looks back at 2023.Read Now
Our third Shifting the Narrative blog is out! Authored by April Yip, Assistant Programme Officer for East and Southeast Asia, it documents our journey with partners to advance child and youth safeguarding in the region.Read Now
Since 2008, we have committed to partnering with our grantees for up to 10 years. We recently created a storymap exploring our approach and spotlighting some of our recent grantee partners who have been through this decade-long journey with us and our collective impact.Check Out Our Storymap
We are thrilled to announce a first-of-its-kind partnership with one of the leading electronic trading platforms for fixed income securities.Learn More
For more than 23 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 150 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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