Wikimedia Foundation Partnerships team
Who are we?Edit
The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) Partnerships team leads WMF’s efforts to secure and maintain strategic partnerships with global institutions, leading technology companies, international organizations, governments, and members of the open-source community in support of WMF’s five priority areas. Through partnerships with these organizations and others, we support the movement to grow participation globally (i.e. increased readership and editors, particularly in emerging markets), and help WMF modernize its product experience. For more about the Foundation's role in the development of partnerships with external organizations, you can also read the Wikimedia Foundation partnership reflections.
The team was originally established in 2012 to launch and grow Wikipedia Zero. With Wikipedia Zero’s sunsetting in 2017, the team evolved into the "Partnerships and Global Reach team", and is now simply called the Partnerships Team.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Senior Manager, Tech & Product Partnerships
Manager, Tech & Product Partnerships
Data Analyst (Contractor)
GLOW coordinator (Contractor)
Senior Manager, Regional Partnerships
Lead Partnerships Manager, Middle East & North Africa
Partnerships Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa
Partnerships Manager, Southeast Asia (Contractor)
Partnerships Manager, South Asia (Contractor)
Partnerships Consultant, Latin America
Our team functions as a matrix of regional and technical specialists, supporting one another to ensure greater breadth and depth of impact for each partnership and coordinating two sub-categories of work:
- Strategic partnerships with global or multinational organizations (i.e., the UN, global technology companies, free knowledge projects), and
- Regional partnerships (i.e., with organizations focused on expanding access to free knowledge in a particular area of the world).
We come from different parts of the world - Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, North America, South America, and the Middle East - bringing to the table unique and valuable perspectives to our work.
Below are some of the partnerships WMF has supported in the last year. This section will be updated regularly.
WMF and Google both rely on a healthy and sustainable web content ecosystem that fosters the creation, dissemination and discoverability of highly relevant web content. While there are many areas in which our organizations differ in both perspective and approach, our missions share a commitment to making information more accessible to people around the world and ensuring that the information on the web reflects the diversity of its users. Our partnership is built on three main focus areas: supporting editor development and content creation, increasing content access and accuracy, and supporting the operational sustainability of WMF. For more detailed information, including a list of specific projects and initiatives undertaken within this partnership framework, see the WMF/Google Partnership Meta page, linked below.
- Alignment with MTP Priorities: Thriving Movement, Platform Evolution
- Google-WMF Partnership Page: Overview of Wikimedia Foundation and Google Partnership
Working towards the creation of a better and more sustainable future for all, WMF and various United Nations bodies collaborate to better align the universal free knowledge movement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as the right to quality education, a reduction of gender equalities, and the strengthening of global partnerships. For example, in partnership with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), WMF launched the Wiki Loves Human Rights global campaign to improve the quantity and quality of content on human rights on Wikipedia so that people from around the world can be empowered to know and claim their rights and engage in positive change. As a result of this online campaign which also included offline edit-a-thons, more than 720 articles relating to human rights were edited in more than 12 languages by 210 editors globally.
Ingrained in both WMF and Mozilla’s identity is a common commitment to ensure knowledge remains a global public resource and is accessible to all people regardless of their background, status, and demographics. To champion knowledge equity and to promote a healthier internet that is welcoming to all, Mozilla and WMF collaborate on a number of initiatives, including most recently integrating Wikipedia into Firefox Lite - a lightweight android based browser downloaded over 4 million times globally. Through this partnership, free knowledge is more easily accessible to greater numbers of people as Wikipedia is one of the handfuls of default sites for the Firefox Lite browser and one of the featured sites in the Firefox Lite travel section. This allows for greater openness and opportunity for people to become informed consumers and contributors of the internet and free knowledge ecosystem.
- Alignment with MTP Priorities: Worldwide Readership, Brand Awareness
- Mozilla-WMF Partnership Page: Forthcoming
WMF and the GSMA work closely to increase access to free knowledge and grow digital inclusion in traditionally underserved societies. WMF partnered with the GSMA in 2018 to help close the mobile usage gap by developing the Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT) - a training module that guides first-time internet users on how to safely use the internet and a variety of common apps, including Wikipedia. Mobile Network Operators use the MISTT curriculum to train sales agents to educate first-time internet users on the value and functionality of the internet on smartphones. As a result, more than 250,000 customers were trained in Rwanda and 117,000 customers were trained in Bangladesh.
Check our News, Media, and Blog section to read more about coverage and blog posts related to our team's work.