More than half of the world’s population are under the age of 30, with 90% of them living in low- and middle-income countries. Despite having the largest generation of young people in history, they are the most underrepresented group in politics and policy making.
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.
Fondation Botnar creates opportunities and platforms for young people to share power and responsibility in shaping their own health and wellbeing. We seek to include youth voices in the planning, design, and implementation of global and local programs and policies.
Participation and empowerment in local / global decision making
We currently have the largest generation of young people in history, but their priorities and needs are not reflected in government policies. We are committed to supporting meaningful youth participation through sharing decision-making power at the highest levels. We believe youth participation means more than representation in policy-making process. It requires the total trust and respect of young people as decision-making partners.
Youth centred design and implementation
When half the population is excluded from decision-making, our policies and programs fall short of lived experience and authenticity. We strive to engage young people, as both deserving contributors and leaders in the design and implementation phases. We believe in a collaborative relationship that involves youth voices at every stage.
Talent Development, enabling changemakers
We are living in an age of unprecedented technological disruption. As digital natives and experts over their own territories, young people are the best positioned to harness these advancements and accelerate change. We foster a culture of entrepreneurialism and seek to provide opportunities for the next generation that help strengthen skills and build capabilities. Only with their contribution can we build healthy, livable, and sustainable societies.