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Fondation Botnar is investing in emerging solutions to build a better future for children and young people globally.

Fondation Botnar champions the use of AI and digital technology to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in growing urban environments around the world. We do this by supporting research, catalysing diverse partners, and investing in scalable solutions.

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Fondation Botnar and UN-Habitat launch the #FutureCitiesChallenge

Fondation Botnar and UN-Habitat have launched a joint campaign inviting children and young people to learn more about the cities we live in. We are asking those between the ages of 10 – 24 years old to use their creativity and imagine their future cities to have the chance to win USD 1000 worth in credits to take online courses. The challenge is called #FutureCitiesChallenge, find out more information at

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2019 Annual Report

2019 was a milestone year for us and we're proud to launch our 2019 Annual Report, summarising new partnerships and achievements.

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Fondation Botnar commits CHF 20 million to global research efforts around COVID-19

Fondation Botnar is committing CHF 20 million to international research efforts to advance the scientific understanding of, and to accelerate the global health response to COVID-19, including the role of digital technologies.

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A message to our community

In light of the emerging global situation and COVID-19, Dr. Stefan Germann, CEO at Fondation Botnar, is sharing a message with some updates and offer support from the Fondation Botnar offices in Switzerland.

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Cities fit for young people

We are seizing the opportunity to make sure the world’s urban environments are safe and thriving for young people. We connect diverse partners with local, national, and regional governments to catalyse these transformations.

AI and digital for the next generation

We fund, co-create, and scale up artificial intelligence (AI) and digitally-enabled solutions to bridge the health worker capacity gap, transform health systems from being reactive to proactive, and improve care efficiency and wellbeing for children and young people. We also prioritise the discussion around the pooling and sharing of health data to not only help policy-makers, but also help the general population to better understand their health needs.

Meaningful youth participation

We create opportunities and platforms for young people to share power and responsibility in shaping their health and wellbeing. We seek to include youth voices in the planning, design, and implementation of both local and global programs and policies.

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Q&A: Transforming mental health through digital technologies

The rise of health data and the use of technologies to both treat and prevent different health conditions have opened many gateways. In particular, new digital methods present opportunities to improve diagnosis, treatment and management of mental health problems. From artificial intelligence via computerised therapies to applications on mobile phones – the potential of digital solutions, especially for young people is vast.

AI for Good – Digital rights: emerging questions for the wellbeing of the next generation

Donovan Müller, a recent high-school graduate and Foraus blog contributor (read his recent publications here), supported Fondation Botnar during our session at AI for Good Global Summit on 8 September 2020, capturing key discussions around this critical topic. In this blog, he reflects on Fondation Botnar’s session on “Digital rights: emerging questions for the wellbeing of the next generation.”
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This year #WHS2020 is going virtual! 👩🏾‍💻

Join our session on Sunday 25 Oct, 2-3.30 pm CET on how to balance opportunities offered by digital tech in health and the implications of these for human rights. Moderated by our very own @GermannStefan.

I’m over 24. Can I apply to the #FutureCitiesChallenge? YES!

We have seen interest from those over 24 to join our challenge with @UNHABITAT.

To reward your efforts we are announcing an additional ‘Youth Allyship Award’ for those 24-30! 🏆

Last week we supported the launch of the incubation phase of @IDAIR_Geneva, at @GHC_IHEID. The initiative will help bring together global organisations to ensure responsible deployment of #AI in a way that protects #HumanRights.

Read more here ⬇️

We want to see MORE! 🎉

The deadline for the #FutureCitiesChallenge with @UNHABITAT is extended to Friday 23rd October!

This is your last chance to get involved in designing your future city with the chance win 1000 USD worth of online course credits!

Rise in digital health innovation is great for closing access gaps, but privacy challenges must be addressed. How do we balance this? 🤔

Read more in @Forbes by Trisha Swift ⬇️

#DigitalHealth #DataPrivacy

While #digital tech is increasingly used to support the #MentalHealth of adolescents, face-to-face interactions remain critical for many. Read our second working paper ⁦@FondationBotnar⁩ ⁦@ODIdev⁩ ⁦@ananth_aparna⁩ ⁦@C_Himmelstine⁩

Last month at @ITU_AIForGood we explored the opportunities & risks of digital tech for the wellbeing of the next generation.

Take a look at some of the talking points from the discussion from the panellists below!

HAPPENING TODAY 4 pm CET I Our very own @AlineCossy is on the panel for the virtual conversation with the #CommunityHealthAcademy at @lastmilehealth to discuss health system leadership.

Register here and tune in ⬇️

#WHS2020 all online! Due to the worsening #COVID19 situation, the World Health Summit 2020 is purely digital.
All sessions will be broadcast live: available cost-free & without registration. Join the discussion via Q&A.
3 days - 50 sessions - 300 speakers

How can #UrbanPlanning be transformed in Africa to help prepare for future outbreaks using lessons learned from #COVID19?

Read more in @ConversationUK from @ellisaadams and colleagues

Following increasing numbers of studies on how digital approaches can improve young people's mental health, @Lucia_rost, @FionaAmalia, @C_Himmelstine & @FondationBotnar review new literature on the topic

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