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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.


2019 Annual Report

2019 was a milestone year for us and we're proud to launch our 2019 Annual Report, summarising new partnerships and achievements.

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Fondation Botnar commits CHF 20 million to global research efforts around COVID-19

Fondation Botnar is committing CHF 20 million to international research efforts to advance the scientific understanding of, and to accelerate the global health response to COVID-19, including the role of digital technologies.

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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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Fondation Botnar at World Urban Forum

The 2020 World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi was the largest international gathering for exchanging views and experiences on urban opportunities and challenges. The forum began on 8 February and ended on 13 February. Fondation Botnar attended, with the aim of catalysing discussions around how we can create inclusive, safe, liveable and healthy cities for and with young people.

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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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Fondation Botnar celebrates International Youth Day!

Today we're celebrating International Youth Day, and with just 10 years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, this year’s theme on youth engagement for global action is more important now than ever.

Understanding young people’s aspirations through AI

Every day, millions of young people react to new events, ideas, and reforms online. Whether it’s, adding their voice to a movement on Twitter or Facebook, staying up to date with the latest news and contributing to discussions on Reddit, or engaging in challenges on Tik Tok, the digital world is the place where many conversations and interactions take place.
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📅 Happening Now!

@GlobalStreets & @NACTO's webinar on Designing Streets for Kids is taking place right now! Looking forward to hearing @BeckyBavs @CecyVacaJones @NDraisin @skyejduncan @SusannaHausman3 discuss the many benefits of sustainable and kid-friendly street design

🤔 How can we better understand young people's aspirations?

Our project with @OmdenaAI uses #AI in a new way to gain insights from young people using available online tools. This #IYD2020, learn more about the project & the young people working BTS!

This #YouthDay the IAAH-Young Professionals Network are acknowledging some amazing young people who are pushing for global action and change. Thank you! 🙌🏾

“I am human, I am potential, I am change, I am a young person... invest in our future”

#IAAHYPN #InternationalYouthDay2020

🎉 Today we're celebrating #InternationalYouthDay!

This year's theme is #YouthEngagement for #GlobalAction, so take a look at some of the ways we are co-creating change FOR & WITH young people!

See more about our activities on #IYD2020 here:

Join our own @SusannaHausman3 today in @GlobalStreets & @NACTO's virtual event on the Designing Streets for Kids launch! #StreetsForKids

⏰ TODAY 13:00 CEST
💻 Register here:

TOMORROW. From Global & Local we are joining the virtual launch of the Guide on how can cities get to work now to apply the strategies highlighted in Designing #StreetsforKids @GlobalStreets
@NACTO @skyejduncan

Happy International #Youth Day! #IYD this year highlights the need to engage youth in formal processes. Here are some ways that can happen:

📋Youth quotas
👪lower eligibility ages
👐proportional representation
🙌inclusive parliaments

#YouthDay #Youth4GlobalAction

.@PMNCH August E-Blast—The strictly Adolescent and Youth Edition — is out now! Packed with content to keep you informed and involved. Find out what’s up on #YouthDay and check out all the great content on #YouthEngagement 🎏🤟

🆕 We are launching our newsletter - The Catalyst!

Our newsletter series will bring you the latest on #YouthParticipation, #CitiesForAll and #AIforGood. Stay updated with the latest news and get updates about our calls for proposals!

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This year @IntHealthAI is going digital #IHAI20

Tune in 9-10 Sept to see our CEO @GermannStefan discuss collaborative approaches to data & our AI/Digital Program Manager @Jsidloc moderate a panel on digital for young people's mental health.

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🚴🏾 During the pandemic we have seen an increase in cyclists across the globe and cities have needed to adapt quickly to support the cyclists.

Learn about some best practices from Latin America below #Cities4Health ⬇️ #RoadSafety #COVID19 @VitalStrat

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