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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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December 2021 – Thank you for joining our journey in 2021!

As another year goes by, we’d like to stop for a moment, look back, and reflect on where we’ve come. It’s always been our mission to transform the cities young people live in so that they have everything they need to grow and thrive, and the events of the last two years have only cemented the importance of that mission.
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From climate to reproductive rights, these youth leaders are enacting real change in their communities! Great to see @NamugerwaLeah on the list 👇

In @GlblCtzn by @khanyilite

#YouthLeaders #YouthPower

🚨 New publication 🚨

Writing in @PATHtweets and @ETI_Services recent white paper series, our own Dr Ulla Jasper and @Jsidloc call for cross-sector collaboration to develop effective ways to increase youth access to #MentalHealth resources.

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To truly create a world where young people thrive, we must fulfil the health and #HumanRights of youth in digital spaces, insist @GermannStefan, @FlaviaBustreo and @gilmoreksure.

Read their Comment in @LancetChildAdol ➡️

Innovative businesses play a pivotal role in harnessing the power of AI and digital technology to create inclusive cities.

Therefore, collaboration and knowledge-sharing is key to success. Learn why ⬇️

#UrbanTransformation @MDiplomacyWORLD @wef

Researchers at @BRC_CH are using AI to develop innovative and inexpensive medical treatments for cleft lip and palate 👏

Learn how they are positively impacting young people's health 👇

@ETH_en @UniBasel

Great to see the 2021 Youth-On! Hackathon on @UNICEF's list of most impactful partnerships last year! 💪 @c4aglobal

The program in #Vietnam gave young people the chance to test (and enhance) their technology skills! @UNICEF_vietnam @Forbes

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Happy new year, folks! Transform Health has big plans for 2022.🤩

Central to the digital transformation of health is the robust governance of health data. Stay tuned for the launch of the Health Data Governance Principles very soon! 👀

What are your calls to action in 2022? 👇🏾

Have you read the latest from our Young Professionals?

From venture philanthropy to strengthening capacity building... learn what our first cohort have been up to! @danielajuliawe @littlenemrut @cinfofeeds

Interview 👇

#YouthParticipation #LifeSkills

Watch our own @GermannStefan at the first #ChildYouthForum discussing @YomaAfrica.

YOMA is a marketplace co-created with youth to bring together opportunities for impact, personal growth, and livelihoods.

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🏠 Unstable family dynamics
💰 Poverty
👧🏽 Gendered social norms

3 key drivers of mental ill-health among adolescents in Tanzania, according to new research from @ODI_Global supported by Fondation Botnar🇹🇿

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@C_Himmelstine @Emma_Samman

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