Empowering youth, transforming cities

Healthy Cities for Adolescents (HCA) is Fondation Botnar’s flagship initiative to create cities fit for young people.

Adolescents are at the heart of HCA’s mission. Their active participation is vital for achieving sustainable and equitable urban development. HCA focuses on intermediary cities – rapidly growing urban areas that present specific challenges for healthy, sustainable and equitable city growth.

Learn more about why we do what we do.

Now in its second phase (2022-2026), HCA is active in six countries. The programme funds and supports projects that tackle the health and wellbeing concerns of adolescents in local city contexts. Each project aims to catalyse long-term systemic solutions. They do this by fostering cross-sectoral collaborations with multiple stakeholders at the city level.

Check out the transformative projects we are funding.

HCA also partners with grant holders and local and global research institutions. Together we are building a growing body of evidence and learning on how to create healthy cities with and for adolescents.

HCA is managed by Ecorys on behalf of Fondation Botnar.

Meet the HCA Global Team.