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Investing in emerging ideas that are creating a better future for young people.

Fondation Botnar is a Swiss philanthropic foundation working to improve the health and wellbeing of young people living in cities around the world. Advocating for the inclusion of youth voices and the equitable use of AI and digital technology, the foundation invests in and supports innovative programs and research, and brings together actors from across sectors to create dialogue and partnerships.


Meet young people driving social change in Tanga, Tanzania

To mark International Youth Day, we are delighted to highlight the exciting innovations of 4 young people involved in one of our flagship projects in Tanga, Tanzania: the OurCity initiative.

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Creating cities fit for young people

Fondation Botnar attended the eleventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF11) in Katowice, Poland, with a focus on catalysing debate on creating inclusive, safe, and healthy cities for and with young people.

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TYPCities: Technology and youth participation in governing intermediary cities in LMICs

We have launched a call for innovative research proposals as part of our new interdisciplinary research program: ‘Technology and youth participation in governing intermediary cities in low- and middle-income cities’ (TYPCities).

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Amnesty International and Fondation Botnar launch new RIGHTS Click program

We are extremely proud to be working with Amnesty International on the launch of a six-year program, 'RIGHTS Click', enabling children and young people to co-create online platforms and other digital technologies that protect their rights – and their health and wellbeing.

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2021 in Review

Our Year: 2021 in Review

We are looking back at the achievements and learnings from an unprecedented year of innovation, community, and collaboration in Our Year: 2021 in Review.

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Cities fit for young people

Bringing together key people from across city systems and investing in solutions created with, by, and for young people, we’re working to create cities that are healthy, sustainable, and liveable for young people.

AI and digital for an equitable future

We fund and support ideas that bring the potential of AI and digital technology to life to create better, more inclusive spaces and platforms that support young people’s wellbeing — always with equity and responsibility at its core.

Meaningful youth participation

We support programs, projects and research that include young people, treat them with the trust and respect they deserve, give them the necessary space to contribute to work that affects them as equal partners.

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Meet young people driving social change in Tanga, Tanzania

We’ve been learning about the success of the OurCity initiative in Tanga, Tanzania, through stories captured through video by young people Rajabu, Sabrina, Zainabu and Hussen. Today we bring their energy, experience, and vision to you!

Young Gamechangers Initiative

Together with UN-Habitat, WHO and Block by Block Foundation, we are launching our new Young Gamechangers Initiative (YGI).
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We're so proud to share the success of #VivoMiCalle - a part of our #HealthyCitiesForAdolescents program 🙌

Vivo Mi Calle is injecting light and life into the community.

Hear from Adriana in the video and learn more here ➡️

@despacio_org @c4aglobal

Thank you to @IDAIR_Geneva and its global partners for hosting the high-level panel on Artificial Intelligence Research in Health at the #UNGA77 Science Summit.

It was an honour to hear insights from all the speakers, including @GermannStefan

#UNGA #AI #ScienceSummit


It was a 2-day visit with the aim of getting to know the successes and challenges of small entrepreneurs and NGO's. So that to be able to implement technical support for incubation and acceleration programs for the youth of Tanga city.
@TangaCC @ESRFTZ @FondationBotnar

In a new era of #digitaltechnology and ever-growing connectivity, it's more important than ever that we focus on #youthwellbeing 🏙👭🏽

What do you think are the best ways to advance young people's wellbeing in cities? Share your thoughts in the comments! 👇🏽

Young people deserve joy and wellbeing. But a new study out of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science reports lowest well-being, and that perceptions of well-being among young people, 18-25, in the USA 💭

How can we turn the tide?

Huma Yusuf @humayusuf

Youngsters are miserable. They're our future, why aren't we paying more attention? #Pakistan #US #youth

Young people are turning to tactical urbanism to address this issue their exclusion from urban planning

Urban activist @michel0411 shared her experience with @despacio_org and how to involve young people urban planning🏙️ Read her article 👇🏽

"As stated by UNSG. @antonioguterres, we are gridlocked in colossal global dysfunctions. I-DAIR, with its approach based on human-rights abiding #AI, is playing a critical role to get us off this gridlock in the field of health."

- Stefan Germann, CEO @FondationBotnar


Stay tuned for our announcement of the two cities #OurCity will be expanding to Ecuador and Colombia! ⭐️

We’re excited to work to build new programs that will help ensure the wellbeing and security of young people and their communities! 🤝🫂

The Swiss Foundation symposium on September 1st was spectacular, bringing together leaders from across the philanthropy sectors to discuss important innovations, challenges and opportunities.

Read this article from @THEPHILANTHRO10 (in german) ⬇️

📢 We have submitted a global letter to @DrTedros with 90+ signatories, calling on @WHO & member states to prioritise #HealthDataGovernance.

We are asking for this pressing agenda item to be a part of #EB152 & #WHA76.

Read & endorse the letter here👇🏾.

This Thursday, Sept 22nd, join us and @GermannStefan at the #UNGA77 Science Summit for a panel on Artificial Intelligence Research in Health hosted by @IDAIR_Geneva and partners

There’s still time to register👇


Mr. Siddhartha Jha from @FondationBotnar in his message to the finalists encouraged them to put in their best in this challenge program. He mentioned that the aim of this program is to nurture them and build them into great industry leaders.
#GSTEP #STEM #challenge

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