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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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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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November 2020 – Cities fit for young people – Newsletter

With World Cities Day on 31 October, we are focusing this edition on ‘Cities fit for all’, highlighting the importance of including young people in shaping the cities we live in and how digital technologies can be best integrated to make them happier and healthier places to live.

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…

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Every day, millions of young people react to ideas online offering an opportunity to understand what young people’s fears & dreams are 💭

Earlier this year, we partnered with @OmdenaAI to gain insights on young people's perspectives ⬇️

Introducing Youth Officer @brianwong_, who shares his commitment to amplify #YouthVoices for improved #health outcomes by collaborating with the youth team and Commissioners on this report. #MyFutureMyHealth

🙌 Learn more about Brian Li Han Wong

Good news for the advancement of healthcare for women from low income backgrounds in #India 🙋🏽

11 digital health clinics have been launched to increase access for women via #digitalhealth consultations. In partnership with @ShaktiFor 📲

Do you want to work for the inclusive, responsible and innovative use of data and digital technologies for global health?

Apply today to join @IDAIR_Geneva team as Senior Advisor for Regulatory Affairs!


@IDAIR_Geneva is looking to hire a Senior Advisor for Regulatory Affairs #regulatory

There is huge potential for AI to be used to benefit our society but there is need for greater openness around data to help organisations spot gaps & biases.

It's time to embrace the change #AI4good

Interesting piece from @MJPurdyEcon in @HarvardBiz 👇🏽

🎥Interested what the #BRCCH is all about? Watch our movie and learn more about our centre and its latest research from Georg Holländer, @saireddy911, @guenther_fink, Andreas Mueller, @Slack1Emma & @randall_platt

In light of #WorldCitiesDay, we shared the 2nd edition of our newsletter The Catalyst all about cities fit for all. Have a read and sign up to receive future editions and updates about our work and calls for proposals ⬇️

Technology is enabling young people access to mental health services📱From tracking your emotions to attending appointments - this can all be done via an app. But privacy must be preserved 🙇🏿‍♀️ More from @N9Vassev from @mindleaphealth in @ForbesTechCncl

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