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Investing in emerging ideas that are creating a better future for young people.

Fondation Botnar is a Swiss philanthropic foundation working to improve the health and wellbeing of young people living in cities around the world. Advocating for the inclusion of youth voices and the equitable use of AI and digital technology, the foundation invests in and supports innovative programs and research, and brings together actors from across sectors to create dialogue and partnerships.


Meet young people driving social change in Tanga, Tanzania

To mark International Youth Day, we are delighted to highlight the exciting innovations of 4 young people involved in one of our flagship projects in Tanga, Tanzania: the OurCity initiative.

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Creating cities fit for young people

Fondation Botnar attended the eleventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF11) in Katowice, Poland, with a focus on catalysing debate on creating inclusive, safe, and healthy cities for and with young people.

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TYPCities: Technology and youth participation in governing intermediary cities in LMICs

We have launched a call for innovative research proposals as part of our new interdisciplinary research program: ‘Technology and youth participation in governing intermediary cities in low- and middle-income cities’ (TYPCities).

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Amnesty International and Fondation Botnar launch new RIGHTS Click program

We are extremely proud to be working with Amnesty International on the launch of a six-year program, 'RIGHTS Click', enabling children and young people to co-create online platforms and other digital technologies that protect their rights – and their health and wellbeing.

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2021 in Review

Our Year: 2021 in Review

We are looking back at the achievements and learnings from an unprecedented year of innovation, community, and collaboration in Our Year: 2021 in Review.

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Cities fit for young people

Bringing together key people from across city systems and investing in solutions created with, by, and for young people, we’re working to create cities that are healthy, sustainable, and liveable for young people.

AI and digital for an equitable future

We fund and support ideas that bring the potential of AI and digital technology to life to create better, more inclusive spaces and platforms that support young people’s wellbeing — always with equity and responsibility at its core.

Meaningful youth participation

We support programs, projects and research that include young people, treat them with the trust and respect they deserve, give them the necessary space to contribute to work that affects them as equal partners.

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Meet young people driving social change in Tanga, Tanzania

We’ve been learning about the success of the OurCity initiative in Tanga, Tanzania, through stories captured through video by young people Rajabu, Sabrina, Zainabu and Hussen. Today we bring their energy, experience, and vision to you!

Young Gamechangers Initiative

Together with UN-Habitat, WHO and Block by Block Foundation, we are launching our new Young Gamechangers Initiative (YGI).
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Youth action matters!

Watch the video to hear from OurTanga (@TangaYetu) youth leader Hussen Kinoko and Mayor Abdulhaman Shiloo about the impact of the OurCity initiative in Tanga, Tanzania 🇹🇿

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#YouthCities #YouthParticipation

Africa is set to become a global powerhouse for tech by 2030, and young people are imperative to its success! 💻

The Yoma digital marketplace is an inspirational example of how to tackle the digital divide 🌟 Read more in our collaboration with @devex

Check out this great illustration from @katiedraws on the power of #AI and #DigitalTransformation to create long-lasting change for youth ✊🏿

Drawn live during our @AIforGood #GenerationConnect Youth Summit event, with @AIFutureLab @GHFutures2030 @ITU

Next month we welcome two more young professionals to @FondationBotnar! 👋🏽

Let's learn more about the 2021 cohort, Manuel Crain and @illan_acher, before they leave the Basel office to join partners across the globe! ⬇️ #SkillsDevelopment

It's #InternationalYouthDay, which means...

It's time for leaders to support the voices of young people driving change in their cities 📢 ✊🏿

Hear from #YouthLeaders at #WUF11 ⬇️

@Leahinitiative @bianca_baluta

Solar-powered electricity ✅ a motion-sensor walking stick ✅…what’s next for young innovator Rajabu?

This #InternationalYouthDay take his tour of OurTanga (@TangaYetu), Tanzania, a city we’re proud to support under the OurCity Initiative! 🇹🇿


#InternationalYouthDay is round the corner. Now's the time to support young people driving change! 🗣

Meet @yet4uhc: youth experts working to shape & guide the agenda towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (#UHC) by 2030, using data & digital ⬇️

“A new twist to an old song” 🧵

Really enjoyed speaking to @Alliancemag’s @eroohi about why we strive to go beyond traditional grantmaking to be changemakers at @FondationBotnar

We recently conducted a tactical urbanism intervention at Tikona Park, Rohtak under the #SaferMobilityForYouth Project. The trial intends to provide:
👉Dedicated space to street vendors
👉Safe space for pedestrians🚶
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#BCRSC #WRIRoadSafety #SaferByDesign

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The Future Now.
For Young People

Fondation Botnar
St. Alban-Vorstadt 56
4052 Basel
+41 61 201 04 74