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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.

Photo: UN-Habitat/Isaac Muasa

Fondation Botnar and UN-Habitat launch the #FutureCitiesChallenge

Fondation Botnar and UN-Habitat have launched a joint campaign inviting children and young people to learn more about the cities we live in. We are asking those between the ages of 10 – 24 years old to use their creativity and imagine their future cities to have the chance to win USD 1000 worth in credits to take online courses. The challenge is called #FutureCitiesChallenge, find out more information at

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2019 Annual Report

2019 was a milestone year for us and we're proud to launch our 2019 Annual Report, summarising new partnerships and achievements.

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Fondation Botnar commits CHF 20 million to global research efforts around COVID-19

Fondation Botnar is committing CHF 20 million to international research efforts to advance the scientific understanding of, and to accelerate the global health response to COVID-19, including the role of digital technologies.

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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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Q&A: Transforming mental health through digital technologies

The rise of health data and the use of technologies to both treat and prevent different health conditions have opened many gateways. In particular, new digital methods present opportunities to improve diagnosis, treatment and management of mental health problems. From artificial intelligence via computerised therapies to applications on mobile phones – the potential of digital solutions, especially for young people is vast.

AI for Good – Digital rights: emerging questions for the wellbeing of the next generation

Donovan Müller, a recent high-school graduate and Foraus blog contributor (read his recent publications here), supported Fondation Botnar during our session at AI for Good Global Summit on 8 September 2020, capturing key discussions around this critical topic. In this blog, he reflects on Fondation Botnar’s session on “Digital rights: emerging questions for the wellbeing of the next generation.”
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The Lancet & FT Commission on @GHFutures2030 & @FondationBotnar are hosting an event tomorrow to raise awareness about the risks & opportunities of #DigitalHealth for children and adolescents with @IlonaKickbusch @HrvojeBelani @markkhurana @barbarabulc.

@FondationBotnar organised a panel discussion at @IntHealthAI on how digital apps can address mental health, but also the risks, and negative impacts tech has on young people with @SatishMelwani @FarinaS07 @PattieGonsalves #digitalhealth

What is the role of #DigitalHealth governance and policy in protecting children’s health and well‐being? Join us tomorrow 2-3:30 CET at the @GasteinForum for a discussion on Digital Childhoods hosted by @GHFutures2030 & @FondationBotnar and chaired by @IlonaKickbusch. #EHFG2020

“Youth should be actively involved in all sectors that affect the nation” @YemuNyoni

Learn more on the inspiring Yemurai Nyoni, the youth activist guiding policy, fighting for equality, & creating space for successful youth leadership in @LancetChildAdol

Are you ready?
The #Accountability Breakfast is about to begin.
Quick guide to get you started 🔦:
💻Watch live ⇢
Check for live tweeting 🐦& updates at ⇢ #Accountabilitymatters #COVIDCalltoAction
📢Use the live stream chat to make your voice heard!

Our panel discussion at @IntHealthAI explored how digital applications can address #YoungMentalHealth as well as the risks this tech poses.

We caught up with @SatishMelwani @FarinaS07 @PattieGonsalves to ask them unanswered questions from the Q&A! #IHAI20

How can our cities be more

👥 Inclusive
♻️ Sustainable
🚲 Healthier
🌟 and happier?

Join our #FutureCitiesChallenge with @UNHABITAT to create a city based on what you think is important! Learn more & take the quiz on cities here:

🗣️ Are you an impact-driven social startup contributing positively to the #SDGs?

Apply for @impacthubbasel's #BaselIncubator to make new and valuable connections & take your startup to the next level.

📅 Apply here by Oct 16:

Do you want to take part in the #FutureCitiesChallenge ( but want to learn more about what a future cities can look like? Get inspired by this article in @guardian to help you to get an idea of what YOUR entry can look like ⬇️

📢@TheLancet and @FT commission @GHFutures2030 is looking for a Youth Officer to lead their youth engagement work!

If you're under 35 & interested in the convergence of digital health with #UHC and ampifying youth voices apply here

Excited to see young people taking the lead at #UNGA #UN75 ! We have some awesome speakers @KehkashanBasu @AskBonnyBull @RaphaelObonyo @IsaacMuasa3
who are imaging our way toward the #NewNormal in cities and towns globally!
@UNHABITAT @FondationBotnar

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