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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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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.

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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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Our Year: 2020 in Review

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.

December 2020 – Digital Health and Wellbeing – Newsletter

At Fondation Botnar, we believe there is real potential to work across sectors to leverage technologies such as smartphones, data analytics, and AI to tailor care and support for young people’s wellbeing.
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📢 @UNHABITAT & @CPCatapult's event: Urban Innovation in Practice takes place tomorrow, where our own @GermannStefan will be speaking as a panelist!

Tune in to to hear more about sustainability, scale and the role of funding in urban innovation! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/urban-innovation-in-practice-tickets-132957963849

You’re invited! Did you hear about UNITAC-Hamburg’s virtual launch on 16th March? Its role is to address the potential of #digitaltechnologies, #data & #innovation to contribute to #sustainablecities.

Find out more & register 👉 http://bit.ly/3qirGk0

We are excited to join #AHAIC2021 and hear our very own CEO @germannstefan speak on 8 March 3:05 – 4:05 pm CET about the role of digital for #UHC in Africa!

Register to the event and join the discussions 👇🏽
http://bit.ly/3bYNMCD

#AfricaHealthAgenda

Tune in to our #AHAIC2021 session with dynamic youth leaders in global health! Join @Trans4m_Health & @FondationBotnar for a necessary conversation on young people's participation & leadership in global decisionmaking.
📅 10th Mar (Wed)
🕒15.15-16.15 EAT
🔗http://2021conference.ahaic.org/en/registration

“How we invest in them will determine Africa’s future." 🌱

@akin_adesina, President of the @AfDB_Group, announced commitment to investing in a youth entrepreneurship investment bank for young Africans!

More in @MobilePunch

https://bit.ly/2P9q1Ap

Here's 1 recipe for reimagining the future of #health:

60 young people 🧑‍🤝‍🧑
20 countries 🌍
10 #scifi/#fantasy authors 🤖

All week w/ @UNICEF+@GHFutures2030, #youthvoices are inspiring short stories about health, well-being & tech in 2045! 📌 Pin this #MyFutureMyHealth thread 👇

#COVID19 has shown us the need to bridge the #DigitalDivide.

Even in our biggest cities, lack of access to the internet is still preventing many young people from accessing learning online 📲

See how cities are adapting via @CityLab and @linpoonsays 👇

https://bloom.bg/2P6Dadm

We're thrilled to note that at the #AHAIC2021, we will be leading the following sessions:

1⃣ Youth Engagement & Entrepreneurship
2⃣ Women's Leadership in Health
3⃣ Vaccine Research, Dv'nt & Manufacturing on the African Continent.

Register & join us: http://ahaic.org

The effect of youth-led research is powerful when young people are supported to incorporate their different perspectives, lived experiences, and priorities on the issues that matter most to them.

Read more about my reflections on youth-led research.

https://www.teamscopeapp.com/blog/youth-led-research-the-key-to-catalysing-sustainable-and-long-term-change

We've greatly invested in mobile technology (M-Jali, LEAP platforms) to curb the spread of #COVID19Africa. Join @GermannStefan, CEO @FondationBotnar at the #AHAIC2021 as he shares insights on: Technology & Digital Platforms for UHC.

Sign up here: https://bit.ly/2YmaIW0

.@WHO will announce Three 'GRAND PRIX' winners for their #HealthForAll film festival after their latest round of entries from all over the world! 🌍 Good luck to all who have applied and stay tuned! 🤞

Find out more below ⬇️
https://bit.ly/3d10H9t

@wellcometrust published a study exploring the role, benefits and potential of #youth people’s involvement in health research that may be of interest to you and/or your networks. @FondationBotnar @Trans4m_Health @GHC_IHEID #inclusion
https://wellcome.org/reports/involving-young-people-health-research#downloads-cb2d

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