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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.

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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Conversation with Adria and Theresa

In the first podcast blog from Fondation Botnar, you’ll meet the third cohort of Young Professionals, Adria and Theresa.

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Being - October 25- Launch (Twitter)

Launch of Being, a new mental health initiative for young people

Fondation Botnar is working in collaboration with Grand Challenges Canada, United for Global Mental Health and Global Affairs Canada to support Being, an international mental health initiative working with young people in LMICs.

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Fondation Botnar expands OurCity initiative to advance young people’s wellbeing in cities

We are extremely proud to add Latin American cities Manta and Barranquilla to our global OurCity initiative that leverages local strengths, community engagement and digital technologies to transform cities and ensure young people’s wellbeing.

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Impact Generation with Vivo Mi Calle, Colombia

Watch the latest video in our Impact Generation series to hear from Adriana Quiñones, a young person involved in the Vivo Mi Calle project, a part of the Healthy Cities for Adolescents program.

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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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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