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Our Work

Every young person deserves the opportunity to thrive. With more and more of the world’s population living in cities, we’re working to improve the wellbeing of young people in growing urban environments around the world.

At Fondation Botnar, our goal is to transform cities by creating inclusive urban environments and systems that are truly fit and ready to support the health and wellbeing of young people who live in them.

We champion and invest in the transformational power of AI and digital technology to create inclusive cities, always ensuring they are being built and deployed responsibly and equitably, with human rights at their centre.

By striving to include young people as equal partners at every stage, we work to create opportunities and platforms for them to take an active role in shaping the future of the city systems that support their health and wellbeing.

We focus on three key areas: cities fit for young people, AI and digital for an equitable future, and meaningful youth participation.

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.

Our projects

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Being – a mental health initiative
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Young Gamechangers Initiative (YGI)
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RIGHTS Click, Children and Young People’s Digital Rights, Health and Wellbeing
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S²Cities Program – improving safety and wellbeing of young people
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Social inclusion using digital tools in Romania
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The Future Now.
For Young People

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