What Is Global Voices?

Global Voices is an international, multilingual community of writers, translators, and human rights activists. Together, we leverage the power of the internet to tell stories that build understanding across borders. How do we do this?

  • Report: Our multilingual newsroom team reports on people whose voices and experiences are rarely seen in mainstream media.
  • Translate: Our Lingua volunteers make our stories available in dozens of languages to ensure that language is not a barrier to understanding.
  • Defend: Our Advox team advocates for free speech online, paying special attention to legal, technical and physical threats to people using the internet to speak out in the public interest.
  • Empower: Rising Voices provides training and mentorship to local underrepresented communities who want to tell their own stories using participatory media tools.
Except in the case of specially commissioned projects, Global Voices does not compensate writers or translators financially. Global Voices typically runs one or two active special projects at a time. Active projects include our Civic Media Observatory and our ongoing Translation Services project, which offers translation work to like-minded organizations for a fee.


In addition to writing and translating stories, our community of volunteer contributors provides a breadth of local knowledge and connects Global Voices with like-minded initiatives around the world. Meet our contributors.

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Media and NGO partnerships are also a key component of Global Voices’ work as a community, a media organization, and a network of free expression advocates. Learn about our partnerships.

Leadership and Governance

Global Voices is led by a diverse, gender-balanced management, editorial and administrative team whose members come from many different countries and speak dozens of languages. Meet our leadership team.

Global Voices is governed by a board of directors which include our founders, community representatives, and some of the most influential innovators in global online media. Board members serve without remuneration. Meet the board.

Learn more about our work and team in our Roles and Responsibilities page of the Global Voices Community Guide.

Legal Status and Funding

Global Voices is incorporated in the Netherlands as Stichting Global Voices, a nonprofit foundation. We rely on independent grants, editorial commissions, and corporate and individual donations. Read more about our work and financial structure in our annual reports.

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