Global Reach: Grantee Partners

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Ghana’s official statistics on youth unemployment paint a complex picture showing 68% of the youth population (15-35) as employed, 5% unemployed and 27% inactive, but mask the

fact that a third of those in work are contributing family workers and may not actually earn an additional income. Independent estimates such as those of the ILO, shared by the World Bank, further complicate the picture by stating that 49% of young men (15-24) and 3% of young women (15-24) are unemployed (a figure which stretches credulity). In the Northern Region, Ghana’s poorest and the area where NORSAAC works, unemployment among young people aged 15-24 is thought to be 49%. High illiteracy rates (22%), low educational attainment (61% end their education at Junior High School), inadequate employability skills, lack of experience and lack of access to training opportunities force youth to migrate to the South in search of livelihoods opportunities.


NORSAAC works to empower rural and marginalised communities by strengthening their capacity to realise their rights and access services. NORSAAC started in 2002

as a community-based organization raising awareness of HIV/AIDS among youth in schools. It is now a widely respected organization working on sexual and reproductive rights, women’s rights and governance and livelihoods development. Where many livelihoods programs in Ghana fail to meet market demand and focus on traditional trades for women, NORSAAC’s approach combines community interventions which challenge stereotypes with a well-rounded training model combining skills development, financial education, mentoring and post-graduation support.

Current Grant:

EMpower’s 6th grant to NORSAAC will support the development of a strategic plan, a leadership plan and a plan to set quality criteria for all its work ranging from program implementation to reporting or engaging with local, national and international actors. The grant will also support continuing efforts to connect young entrepreneurs with private investors, retail or public sector backers. Finally, the grant will support NORSAAC’s continuing efforts to shutter gender job stereotypes in the communities in which it works.

You can support our work with NORSAAC and our other grantee partners.

Our Underwriters pay for all of our administrative and fundraising costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to empowering at-risk youth.