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

Fondation Botnar champions the potential of AI and digital technology to improve the wellbeing of young people in growing cities around the world. By supporting research, investing in innovative projects, and bringing together key voices, we’re working to build a world where every young person can thrive.

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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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Amnesty International and Fondation Botnar launch first large-scale program to help children and young people campaign for their digital rights

Six-year RIGHTS Click program will demand that young people’s voices are heard by policy-makers and technology companies.

Supporting the launch of the Health Data Governance Principles: strengthening human rights and equity in the digital transformation of health

Digital technologies and AI continue to emerge as potentially transformative forces with the potential to address current challenges in healthcare delivery, health services and public health.
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We need more evidence to show how gaps in tech regulation detrimentally impact young people.

#RIGHTSClick, in partnership with @amnesty will research much-needed data before launching a global movement to drive change.

More 👉 #DigitalRights @AmnestyTech

Exciting projects are soon to be underway in #Ghana! 🇬🇭

Our Partnerships Coordinator, Zur Oren, caught up with city stakeholders in Koforidua, Tamale and Ho, as part of the selection process for the next #OurCity location, which will be announced soon!


.@yassndiaye: young people are largely absent in decision making on #digitalhealth

This causes gaps in literacy & data protection, as well as driving health misinformation & inequities.

Calls for young people to be part of designing & governing digital spaces.


#Youth2030Cities is a @UNHabitat + @FondationBotnar initiative to understand what youth organizations are doing on the ground + offer trainings to build local youth capacity around the #SDGs + New Urban Agenda (#NUA).

Read about their DeclarActions here➡️

⏰ 1 month until #WUF11!

We're looking forward to welcoming partners from around the world to collaborate on further actions to create cities fit for young people! 🏙

@UNHABITAT @unhabitatyouth @WUF_UNHabitat

“We believe that the only way to create a healthy, safe, and supportive online environment for young people is to make sure there is space for them to define and create it.” – @GermannStefan #RIGHTSClick #DigitalRights

We are hiring a Digital Happiness & IT Systems Responsible to join our team in #Basel! 🚨

Apply by 7 June 👉


🫵🏽Have you registered to watch our #WHA75 event tomorrow?

We are bringing together a fantastic multi-stakeholder panel to talk about health data governance, and how we can work together towards a global framework.

🎫 Register:

Meet our speakers below.👇🏽

Most research on how digital tech is impacting children has focused on the global north, only 10% of youth worldwide.

Proud to write for @TRF on #RIGHTSClick & the urgent action we must take, with young people, to protect their digital rights. @amnesty

We're proud to be co-hosting Youth and Artificial Intelligence: Designing our Possible Futures!

Join us for an intergen dialogue on how #AI can be leveraged to achieve better collective futures!

June 3, 🕑 16:45 – 18:00 CET. Sign up 👉 #Youth4AI

The E2A framework was designed to turn Evidence into Action to help create cities fit for young people. Last month we shared it with some of our partners in our city work! @c4aglobal @networkedcities

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@WHO's Digital Health Strategy does not mention young people, but what about our needs:
❌ the absence of young people's voices in decision making
❌ Gaps in digital literacy
❌ Lack of data protection
❌ Health misinformation and more.
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