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Fondation Botnar is investing in emerging solutions to build a better future for children and young people globally.

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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Call for proposals: Fit for the future

Fondation Botnar is launching a call for innovative proposals that aim to leverage data and frontier technologies to create rapid impact for and with young people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

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Fondation Botnar at World Urban Forum

The 2020 World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi was the largest international gathering for exchanging views and experiences on urban opportunities and challenges. The forum began on 8 February and ended on 13 February. Fondation Botnar attended, with the aim of catalysing discussions around how we can create inclusive, safe, liveable and healthy cities for and with young people.

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2019: Unleashing opportunities for digital health

Our CEO Stefan Germann reflects on some of the breakthroughs for digital health in 2019 and hopes for progress in 2020.

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Joint Commission on Governing Health Futures 2030

Fondation Botnar is proud to support a joint The Lancet and Financial Times Commission, Governing health futures 2030: Growing up in a digital world, examining global health in the digital age. The Commission will explore the opportunity to achieve universal health coverage through the convergence of digital health, artificial intelligence, and other frontier technologies, with a particular focus on the health of children and young people.

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Our work

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.

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.

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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Our approach

Our approach is emergent and entrepreneurial, highlighting a vision and setting a clear objective for the foundation. Our journey is from a grant maker to a change maker.

Funding opportunities

Fondation Botnar provides a range of funding opportunities to enable pioneering research and innovation, and to help realise ground-breaking initiatives within our focus.

Finance & governance

We are committed to relying on governance, robust reporting, thorough analysis and an evidence-led approach to guide our decision making. We are a member of SwissFoundations, and we commit to best practice governance in line with the principles and recommendations of the Swiss Foundation Code.

The Botnar legacy

The foundation was founded in 2003 by Marcela Botnar to continue the philanthropy of herself and her late husband. We remain true to our humble family roots by keeping the Botnar family name, maintaining the philanthropic legacy of the Botnar family, and through continuing to finance and support several targeted legacy investments.

The Future Now
For Children Worldwide

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