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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.

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Resilience and perseverance: Looking back at 5 years of Fondation Botnar

Stefan Germann has been the CEO at Fondation Botnar for 5 years. In this blog, he reflects on the journey so far.

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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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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

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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Your chance to be part of conversations to improve wellbeing at the 11th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 11).

Achieving the SDGs by advancing youth participation

Fondation Botnar is launching a call for innovative proposals that aim to leverage data and frontier technologies to create rapid impact for and with young people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
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At #WUF11 we launch our new Young Gamechangers Initiative together with @UNHABITAT, @WHO + @blockbyblockorg 🎉

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#WUFYouth #MyCityMyVoice

New release! 🚨

As #WUF11 takes place, congratulations to our partners in Cluj-Napoca for the release of a new study, supporting the work of OurCluj, as part of the #OurCity Initiative! 🧵

Be sure to attend today’s @mythinkcity #WUF11 event on using technology and data for liveable cities, featuring our #Fit4Future partner @safetipinapp @viswanathkv!

Today, 16.30-18.00 CEST

Join our CEO, @GermannStefan as he discusses how philanthropy can unleash the power of #CollectiveAction for equitable giving + strengthening relationships with communities to build #CitiesForAll!

16:00-18:00 CET @GemmaCBull @celine_dcruz

Join @c4aglobal’s @joyati_urban as she leads the #WUF11 roundtable on children and youth, discussing the Evidence to Action (E2A) framework to support systemic change for young people in cities.

16.00-18.00 CEST #MyCityMyVoice #WUFYouth

What strides can we make to ensure that young people in all their diversity, are connected, protected, & have a say in what digital health looks like? Hang out with us on Thursday, June 30th at 2:00 PM EAT for a virtual workshop to amplify youth voices on this very issue!

Catch me tomorrow 13:30–15:00 CEST participating in the #WUF11 Special Session on Localizing the SDGs. We’ll discuss the need to work with local & regional governments to meet the #NewUrbanAgenda
@ShipraSuri @paolociccarell5 @hitzoftheday @Esthermuiruri_

This afternoon @bianca_baluta takes over our Twitter as part of #MyCityMyVoice!

Follow along to see what she's been up to at #WUF11, and learn about her experience working in Cluj, Romania.

Welcome, Bianca 👋


Just a few of the #MyCityMyVoice ideas and questions on wellbeing in cities being shared at #WUF11! 💡

Want to get involved? Join us Hall 2.1, Stand 6, 14:00-16:00 CEST where we'll be welcoming #WUFYouth supported by @unhabitatyouth @unhabitat to chat about the campaign!


Insightful meetings happening at our booth (Hall 2.1, Stand 6), including @IramMsuya from @TangaYetu @livinglabiniti talking through the Tanga City Observatory, a platform for data driven analysis to inform decisions and interventions in the Tanga City💡 #WUF11 #MyCityMyVoice


#Gaming in urban planning inclusive of children & #youth? How?!

Find out at #WUF11 at #Minecraft presentation by @UNHABITAT Global Public Space Program, & apply your gaming skills to making your city child-friendly🧒👧

When? 1:00-1:30pm
Where? #WUFYouth Zone Urban Expo, Spodek

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