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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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Winners of the Future Cities Challenge

On 18 September, UN-Habitat and Fondation Botnar launched the Future Cities Challenge with the aim to unlock the innovation and creativity of young people from all over the world. The challenge has been engaging children and young people (age 10-24) to learn more about the cities they live in and encouraging them to get creative and share their vision of their future city.

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OurCity – where young people can thrive

In cities, we expect to find the best of culture, healthcare, and education, but many cities are struggling to meet young people’s needs. Today, over 4 billion people live in urban areas globally, which represent more than half of the world’s population. By 2050, seven out of ten young people are expected to live in cities.

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Young people's role in a post-COVID-world

Young people should play a crucial role in addressing both current and future global challenges. Today on World Youth Skills Day, we are sharing the thoughts, experiences, and ideas of three young experts from the Young Experts: Tech 4 Health (YE:T4H) on the skills necessary for young people to meaningfully contribute to the recovery efforts post-COVID-19, how we as a foundation best can support young people during these challenging times, and the role of technology in accelerating the recovery efforts.

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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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December 2020 – Digital Health and Wellbeing – Newsletter

At Fondation Botnar, we believe there is real potential to work across sectors to leverage technologies such as smartphones, data analytics, and AI to tailor care and support for young people’s wellbeing.

Q&A: Challenges and opportunities with digital youth participation

We are living in an age of unprecedented technological disruption. As the first generation with a digital-first mindset, young people are best placed to leverage these advancements to accelerate change. Still, their priorities and needs are often not reflected in policies, and there is an urgent need to work with young people as equal partners and valuable contributors.
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New tech & #AI could transform health systems in LMICs BUT human rights experts have highlighted real threats to privacy, equality & autonomy.

This is why we are supporting ‘The Digital Health and Rights Advisory Group’ tackle these issues💡@GHC_IHEID

The potential for #HealthData is endless, helping doctors identify people before they get sick & enabling scientists to develop more tailored treatments.

But where does our health data go? Who controls it on the way?

📺 Watch our latest animation exploring these questions!

📡 Have you subscribed to our newsletter, The Catalyst?

Stay informed about our work around #AIforGood, meaningful youth participation and #CitiesForAll!

📩 Read the third edition all about digital & data for health & wellbeing ➡️

Empowering our youth is an investment we must make to promote health and wellbeing for generations to come! #ChildAdolescentHealth #UnlockingPotential

Register for @COREGroupDC's upcoming conference that we're supporting 👉🏽

Did you miss our session at the @Ashokachangemakers Summit exploring the need to move from youth engagement to meaningful youth participation, and the role of digital?

Then check out our Q&A with: @KatePundyk @JohannesWedenig @ArtimBedar @ragyare

.@paulramchandani Lego Professor from @PEDALCam explores how #DigitalTech is changing playtime for children

Read more from @5RightsFound & the #DigitalFutures Commission, working to put children’s interests at the centre of the design of the digital world

👉 AI in Health and Care survey 👈

🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️ Want to have your say on the adoption of #AI -driven technologies in health and care?

Complete the new 2021 survey:

#AIecosystem #AIsurvey #AHSNNetwork #NHSAILab

While 2020 did not happen as planned, at @FondationBotnar we continued to listen, adapt & strive towards our mission to improve the health & wellbeing of young people around the world!🌎

Take a look at some of our most exciting moments from 2020

The African Youth #Digital Innovation Platform, an initiative from @FondationBotnar and @UNICEF, aims to create change at three levels:

1. System change
2. Individual change
3. Agency change


Proud to support @COREGroupDC's Annual Global Health Practitioner Conference 2021 focusing on how to prioritise child & adolescent health and wellbeing in the new decade! #UnlockingPotential

📅 Jan 27-28

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