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
We are excited to announce our new and evolved Girls and Gender Strategy! Prioritising girls and young women has always been a key focus of EMpower. Previously we had done this work through specific girls- and gender-focused grants and initiatives; now we are prioritising and integrating it throughout our entire portfolio.Learn More
In a new interview, Carmen Barroso, a feminist leader and expert in global reproductive health, and Daniel Parnetti, EMpower’s own Senior Programme Officer for Latin America, discuss a chapter they authored on the women's movement in the book If We Want to Win: A Latine Vision for a New American Democracy.Read the Interview
Nick Koh is a Venture Capital Partner at VU Venture Partners, an underwriter at EMpower, and a member of our Hong Kong Board of Directors. Recently he spoke with EMpower’s President & CEO Cynthia Steele about what drew him to EMpower, the power of photography, and more.Read the Interview
Join us in welcoming Kevin Murphy to our US Board! Kevin is currently Senior Managing Director, Partner, and Fixed Income Portfolio Manager at Wellington Management and has been a major champion of EMpower’s work since 2020. We are very grateful for his passionate support of our programmes.
Theodoros Chronopoulos, Senior Programme Officer for Africa and Russia at EMpower, penned an important piece "Fortify Young Minds: Invest in Youth Mental Health."Read Theo's Op-Ed
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.
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EMpower is committed to sharing knowledge, tools and lessons-learned that can inform and strengthen youth programmes.Learn More →
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.
EMpower has been a longtime supporter of the Network of Women in Growth (NEWIG) in Ghana. NEWIG provides vocational and entrepreneurial training to rural women and has helped thousands to set up or develop their businesses. They recently trained young women from marginalised communities in the Volta Region in greenhouse farming. This is an important skillset to have in an area where agriculture is the main source of income. Executive Director Mawulawoe Adjoa Awity noted: "Our dream is to implement such projects nationwide, which will lead to job creation, contribute to the growth of the economy, and improve livelihoods—thereby changing communities."
Moving the Needle is a compilation of existing literature on youth leadership-focused approaches and explores some examples and learnings from organisations that have developed a stronger case for mainstreaming youth protagonism. 10to19 and EMpower are committed to building knowledge, resources, and momentum to move the ecosystem closer to achieving true youth leadership. This report is an effort in that direction. We hope it sparks further inquiry, collaboration, and action to realise true youth leadership and look forward to deepening partnerships towards this shared ambition.
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