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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.


Our Year 2023

Insights and impact of young people and partners around the world.

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Fondation Botnar launches Rising Minds podcast

First launched as a pop-up radio show at the Women Deliver 2023 conference, all Rising Minds episodes are now available on Spotify. Listen now to delve into the obstacles facing today’s young people and be inspired by the solutions and stories of those leading the way.

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Wellbeing: what does it mean to us?

The current generation of children and young people live in a fast-paced, hyper-digitalised world. The confluence of geopolitical, environmental, socioeconomic, technological, and cultural shifts facing the world’s 1.8 billion young people complicates how young people live, work, learn and interact and how organisations work with young people to ensure their wellbeing.

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Fondation Botnar commits to young people’s wellbeing with global leaders at Clinton Global Initiative 2023

The Commitments to Action are designed to address pressing challenges faced by adolescents and young people including digitalization, urbanization, and climate change and to drive collaboration ahead of the Global Forum for Adolescents in October.

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International Youth Day 2023

International Youth Day (12 August) is an opportunity to celebrate the world’s 1.8 billion young people and their potential to shape our collective future, while acknowledging the challenges they face growing up in a fast-changing world shaped by digitalisation and urbanisation.

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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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Our Year 2023 in review

Insights and impact of young people and partners around the world.

Learnings from participatory programmes with young people

Fondation Botnar is dedicated to supporting initiatives that collaborate with young people to create a better future for them and with them.

December 2023 – The Catalyst – Thank you to all for an inspiring 2023`

As 2023 comes to an end, we are excited to share an update on Urban October, recent events and a short video wrap-up of this year’s key activities and announcements.
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Fondation Botnar
St. Alban-Vorstadt 56
4052 Basel
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