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.
Our Year: 2020 in Review
We hope you have had an excellent start to 2021 - welcome to a special edition of The Catalyst! Today fresh off the digital press, we are pleased to share our first digital Our Year: 2020 in Review interactive report! Join us in looking back at some of our partners’ incredible achievements over the last year and find messages from our Chair of the Board, Thomas Gutzwiller, and our CEO, Stefan Germann. Don’t forget to watch our video to hear from our team members on progress in some of our initiatives.
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.
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.
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.
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.