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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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Our Year: 2020 in Review

We hope you have had an excellent start to 2021 - welcome to a special edition of The Catalyst! Today fresh off the digital press, we are pleased to share our first digital Our Year: 2020 in Review interactive report! Join us in looking back at some of our partners’ incredible achievements over the last year and find messages from our Chair of the Board, Thomas Gutzwiller, and our CEO, Stefan Germann. Don’t forget to watch our video to hear from our team members on progress in some of our initiatives.

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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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Fit4Future: Strengthening local youth voices

We live in a time of rapid and unprecedented change driven by digital technology and cutting-edge innovation, but that technology isn’t always serving the interests of everyone — particularly children and young people. At Fondation Botnar, we want to change that.

Our Year: 2020 in Review

Today fresh off the digital press, we are pleased to share our first digital Our Year: 2020 in Review interactive report! Join us in looking back at some of our partners’ incredible achievements over the last year and find messages from our Chair of the Board, Thomas Gutzwiller, and our CEO, Stefan Germann. Don’t forget to watch our video to hear from our team members on progress in some of our initiatives.
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Great news for #AI4Good! Recently the 12th meeting of @ITU/@WHO's focus Group on AI for Health #FGAI4H was successful in establishing three new topic groups that will be looking at AI on:

🌱Fertility & human reproduction
💧Public health & sanitation
🤝Point-of-care diagnostics

📢 News alert!

The DYNAMIC pilot study in Tanzania and Rwanda has resulted in a reduction of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions in children by a four-fold!

Proud to be supporting @UnisanteVD and @SwissTPH and other partners on this.

Read on 👇
http://botnar.co/dynamic

“If the digital-first approach enables people to access high-quality healthcare services, we should go for it". 💬

Andy Fischer from @isfteh reflects on digital health as the basic model for care. Learn more 🔽

https://bit.ly/34DLshh

What do we mean by youth engagement?

Meaningful youth engagement means, involvement of young people to participate freely on equal terms w/ everyone or work independently in organizations, leadership, policymaking, M&E, & advocacy w/out coercion/discrimination. #AmrefYASLauch

Many young people are growing up in cities that struggle to meet their needs, and especially girls.

This great piece from @CityLab explores how to create spaces that also cater to girls' needs ⤵️

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2021-05-28/we-need-more-public-space-for-teen-girls?srnd=citylab

"Child rights-based approaches will be required to enhance the response to the civil-political, social, economic & cultural determinants of global child health issues"

Read more in @LancetChildAdol on a global agenda for child health ⬇️

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanchi/article/PIIS2352-4642(19)30346-3/fulltext

🏁 One year on, after a thorough selection process, we are proud to announce our selected projects for our #Fit4Future calls for proposals to harness digital for the wellbeing of young people!

@Jsidloc explains the journey to the final 14!

👉http://botnar.co/F4Fblog

Excited about this new award. As our Indonesian Acting Country Director says Agnes Mallipu, says, "Enabling young people to make a better decision on the food they consume means enabling them to have a better future." Thank you ⁦@FondationBotnar⁩ https://www.gainhealth.org/media/news/announcing-fondation-botnar-award-gain-adolescent-nutrition-programme-indonesia

📢Event alert!

Don't miss Dr. @saralmdavis today on her lightning talk ⚡️ leading the conversation on inclusive data in #digitalhealth and rights.

@rightscon @IHEID #rightscon2021

👉 https://www.rightscon.org/attend/

That is the progress we seek ✊ Invest in the capacity of young people to use technology to create the changes they want to see. @FondationBotnar Fit4Future is here to bridge the digital divide and empower youth to take their place as digital natives 🙌
https://www.fondationbotnar.org/project/fit4future/

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