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Fondation Botnar is investing in emerging solutions to build a better future for children and young people globally.

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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Fondation Botnar launches Rising Minds podcast

First launched as a pop-up radio show at the Women Deliver 2023 conference, all Rising Minds episodes are now available on Spotify. Listen now to delve into the obstacles facing today’s young people and be inspired by the solutions and stories of those leading the way.

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Wellbeing: what does it mean to us?

The current generation of children and young people live in a fast-paced, hyper-digitalised world. The confluence of geopolitical, environmental, socioeconomic, technological, and cultural shifts facing the world’s 1.8 billion young people complicates how young people live, work, learn and interact and how organisations work with young people to ensure their wellbeing.

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Fondation Botnar commits to young people’s wellbeing with global leaders at Clinton Global Initiative 2023

The Commitments to Action are designed to address pressing challenges faced by adolescents and young people including digitalization, urbanization, and climate change and to drive collaboration ahead of the Global Forum for Adolescents in October.

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International Youth Day

International Youth Day 2023

International Youth Day (12 August) is an opportunity to celebrate the world’s 1.8 billion young people and their potential to shape our collective future, while acknowledging the challenges they face growing up in a fast-changing world shaped by digitalisation and urbanisation.

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Botnar Annual Report

Our Year 2022

Read a summary of highlights, achievements and reflections over the past year at Fondation Botnar.

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Our work

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.

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.

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 approach

Our approach is emergent and entrepreneurial, highlighting a vision and setting a clear objective for the foundation. Our journey is from a grant maker to a change maker.

Funding opportunities

Fondation Botnar provides a range of funding opportunities to enable pioneering research and innovation, and to help realise ground-breaking initiatives within our focus.

Finance & governance

We are committed to relying on governance, robust reporting, thorough analysis and an evidence-led approach to guide our decision making. We are a member of SwissFoundations, and we commit to best practice governance in line with the principles and recommendations of the Swiss Foundation Code.

The Botnar legacy

The foundation was founded in 2003 by Marcela Botnar to continue the philanthropy of herself and her late husband. We remain true to our humble family roots by keeping the Botnar family name, maintaining the philanthropic legacy of the Botnar family, and through continuing to finance and support several targeted legacy investments.

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Fondation Botnar
St. Alban-Vorstadt 56
4052 Basel
+41 61 201 04 74