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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.


World Cities Day 2021: committing to safe and healthy cities for young people

With World Cities Day coming up, we’re taking a moment to hear from our partners working to shape cities into places that are fit for young people and allow them to thrive.

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Protecting and promoting young people’s futures: Governing Health Futures 2030 Report launches

Fondation Botnar is extremely proud to have been able to support, from the onset, the work of The Lancet and Financial Times Commission on Governing health futures 2030: Growing up in a digital world. Read our CEO's reflections.

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Celebrating youth perspectives in urban planning – Checking in with the #FutureCitiesChallenge winners

In the face of the pandemic, young people from all over the world have demonstrated a willingness and desire to help rebuild their cities in a way that would ensure all citizens, especially young people, can thrive. In the coming decades, they will be leading the future of our cities, but unfortunately their voices and perspectives on urban issues are often left out of key discussions.

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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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Leveraging AI to strengthen health capacity at the local level

Stefan Germann is reflecting on the Intelligent Health Summit in Amsterdam, were the topics of discussion at were as wide-ranging as previous summits, all focusing on leveraging the vast potential of AI and digital to improve health outcomes worldwide.

Conversation with Namrata and Daniela…

In this blog, you’ll meet Fondation Botnar’s first cohort of Young Professionals, Namrata and Daniela. We ask them about their work and their passions before they take off to spend one year in the field.
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Rapid urbanisation and limited planning risks young people's wellbeing 😷

We've teamed up with secondary cities, Cluj-Napoca 🇷🇴 and Tanga 🇹🇿, to support urban planning that champions young people's needs!

Learn more ⬇️ #Cities4Youth #OurCity

We're proud to sponsor the Global Digital Health Forum next week! @The_GDHN

Join us for a conversation on harnessing the power of #DigitalHealth to improve wellbeing for all. Register ➡️


Great to see young digital entrepreneurs included in the winners of Africa’s Business Heroes! @foundation_ma 👏

Winners include Ikenna Nzewi, CEO of Nigerian agritech startup Releaf, and Oghenetega Iortim, founder of @TheGricd. @Mr_Abara @BusInsiderSSA

We had the pleasure of hosting team members from @Trans4m_Health at our HQ today!

If you missed our panel at #DigitalHealthWeek, tune in to hear from experts and youth leaders on the role of digital technologies in accelerating progress to UHC! 👇


Important conversation had yesterday at @Trans4m_Health #DigitalHealthWeek on achieving UHC by 2030 – these events are where innovative new ideas are created.

Many thanks to @ITU_AIForGood for hosting us and all participants.

Watch below 👇

Aged 15-29, or an ally to young people? 📆

Get involved with @PMNCH's #Adolescents2030 campaign and share what youth well-being means to you!

Toolkit linked below 🛠

Transform Health launched a 🚨 new report w/ key calls to action.

We're calling on political leaders, tech companies, international donors & other #DigitalHealth partners to accelerate progress to #UHC.

🧵THREAD on our key asks👇🏾 this #DigitalHealthWeek.

Connecting with industry players at the STEM Education Industry Roundtable as part of the #GSTEP project @NestaChallenges @Dext_Tech @FondationBotnar @MESTAfrica @foundervine @Foundation_DO

Key findings and recommendations from a new @TheLancet series are important steps towards enabling healthy adolescent nutrition and growth 🥗

We're proud to have supported this critical work!

@MCRI_for_kids @GAINalliance @nutritionwin

Tune in now to discover how #AI & #digital can help us achieve #UniversalHealthcare | #AIforGood Webinars #UHC #DigitalHealthWeek @FoundationBotnar @Trans4m_Health @Network_MMS @CSOs4UHC

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