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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.


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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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