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Our work

Every child should be capable of leading a life with good health and dignity as a thriving citizen. With more of the world’s population residing in urban areas, Fondation Botnar works to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in growing urban environments globally.

We are seizing the opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing by supporting research, catalysing diverse partners, and investing in scalable digital solutions.

Our work focuses around three main areas: AI and digital for the next generation, cities fit for young people, and meaningful youth participation. We also continue our founders wishes through more targeted investments under the Botnar legacy.

AI and digital for the next generation

We see an opportunity for AI and digital solutions to accelerate the transformation of more accessible, better quality and increasingly personalised healthcare for children and young people. To get there safely and with equal impact across the globe, we must ensure that the adoption of these new technologies is met with appropriate policy to safeguard their use. Policy creation ensuring that governance, dignity, and democratisation are central pillars is crucial. We work with diverse partners to catalyse this action, focussing on addressing the road blocks for innovative solutions to be deployed and scaled.

Cities fit for young people

We are seizing the opportunity inherent in secondary cities around the world to influence and support systemic transformation into smart urban areas fit for young people. We see ourselves as a catalyst for change, bringing together diverse partners including young stakeholders with local, national, and regional governments, to launch initiatives and transform secondary cities into thriving and safe urban spaces.

Meaningful youth participation

We create opportunities and platforms for young people to share power and responsibility in shaping their health and wellbeing. As digital natives, young people are the drivers of social, economic, and political change in the 21st century – if we give them the right space to meaningfully engage. We partner with those committed to including and amplifying youth voices in the planning, design, and implementation of global and local programs and policies.

The Future Now
For Children Worldwide

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