Who are we?
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.
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Sr. Manager, Strategic Partnerships
Partnerships Consultant, Middle East & North Africa
Sr. Partnerships Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa
Sr. Partnerships Manager, South East Asia
Lead Partnerships Manager, South Asia
Sr. Partnerships Manager, 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 a focus on global Technology companies (and their potential connection to Wikimedia Enterprise), and Regional partnerships (i.e., with organizations focused on expanding access to free knowledge in particular areas of the world, more specifically, those requiring special focus per our 2030 Movement Strategy process).
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 is partnering with Sowt to bring Wikipedia and free knowledge to Arabic-speaking audiences across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This partnership focuses on a mutual vision, to share knowledge with the world through high-quality, narrative-driven audio content that explains the history, context, and relevance of specific topics, while building greater awareness, understanding, and affinity for Wikipedia across the region. Sowt, a leading podcast production agency, will create 10 podcast episodes, based on Arabic Wikipedia content, that will reach over 220,000 listeners in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Oman, and Jordan. Starting 19 April 2022, tune in to the new season of Manbet to uncover topics such as Sufism, the life of Native Americans, the history of Yemen, the story of Nollywood, and humans’ ancient dream of flying.
Ideas Beyond Borders
WMF is partnering with the nonprofit organization Ideas Beyond Borders (IBB) to create Arabic Wikipedia content and test editor recruitment and retention strategies through the implementation of the MENA university education program.
- Alignment with MTP Priorities: Thriving Movement