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EMpower publications are intended to capture learnings and best practices in youth development, drawing on our grantee partners’ experiences and expertise, and in effective philanthropy. In our publications – as in all our work – we prioritise listening to, learning from and increasing the visibility and voice of young people.

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A Sunsetted Partner Review—Executive Summary

Through a learning exercise, we sought to better understand the value of long-term funding and EMpower's partnership model. We did so by exploring in-depth the changes experienced by our recently “sunsetted” grantee partners—those who have received 10 years of grants and have received their final grant within the last three years—and assessing EMpower’s contribution to those changes.

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Heeding the Call: Insights from Young People and Organisations to Advance Adolescent Mental Health in South Africa

Heeding the Call brings together key findings and recommendations for funders and other organisations, with the goal of increasing action, resources, and practicable strategies to ensure young people’s mental health in South Africa, and beyond.

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Moving the Needle

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.

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COVID One Year In: Hearing from Young People, Grantee Partner Organisations, and Programme Officers

To more fully understand the impact of the COVID crisis on young people, we undertook global surveys and separate participatory research in India to: ensure our grantmaking is responsive, and share the realities and on-the-ground recommendations of young people and local organisations with other funders, supporters, and wider audiences.

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COVID In Her Voice: A Girl-led and Centred Participatory Research Study

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.

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Learning Communities On the Move

The Learning Communities On the Move model, developed through an EMpower and CARE partnership, lays out a roadmap for organisations and programmes to shift harmful social and gender norms by centring girls' expertise and dynamic contributions. We believe girls should have access to the decision-making spaces that affect their lives and rights and can lead the way in creating sustainable change and lasting impact in communities.

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A Window of Opportunity: Programming With and For Very Young Adolescent Girls

A new EMpower research report in English, Hindi and Spanish highlights the importance of focusing on very young adolescent girls (ages 10-14) both in programming and funding.

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