CLEAR Global is a nonprofit with headquarters in Garden City, Idaho, and offices in Nigeria and Bangladesh. The organization was founded in 2011 as Translators without Borders, before growing into CLEAR Global in June, 2022 to reflect the expansion of its language solutions and areas of work. CLEAR stands for community, language, engagement, accountability, and reach – concepts around which our organization, work, and ambition are founded.
We’re on a mission to help people get vital information and be heard, whatever language they speak. Envisioning a more linguistically inclusive world, we started a movement. With Four Billion Conversations, we aim to help bridge the digital language divide, and include four billion people who speak marginalized languages into important global conversations that also affect them.
Our work is made possible thanks to our Translators without Borders Community. Over 100,000 people contribute their time and language skills to help our partner organizations better support people in need of information and assistance. CLEAR Tech and CLEAR Insights are also essential parts of our organization. Our language technology solutions are scalable, context-based, and multilingual, which enables us to reach more local communities, and address their various needs and concerns. CLEAR Insights’ research and language data are invaluable for better global communication, understanding, and collaboration.
Founded as Traducteurs
TWB community members
Ireland – Bangladesh – Nigeria – the Democratic Republic of Congo
We provide translation, revision, transcription, subtitling, and voice-over services in 200+ language pairs to provide information about various topics and in different contexts.
We build multilingual conversational technology, such as chatbots and information kiosks, to help information distribution and two-way communication.
We study people’s communication and information needs, language distribution, and gaps to inform decision-making, program and service delivery, and crisis response.
We rely on the support of our sponsors and donors to fund our efforts, as we aim to provide free language support and resources whenever possible to truly help improve two-way communication and humanitarian response. As we want to address other global challenges, such as climate change, health, and financial inclusion, we welcome major language and technology leaders to join our circles of support, and help us achieve our goal.
Everything we do has to be in line with our Code of Conduct and values – excellence, integrity, empowerment, innovation, sustainability, and tolerance. We have strict requirements when it comes to our partnership and sponsorship programs, just like we pay strong attention to our internal organization and teams.
People and culture
CLEAR Global hires people from around the world, who are all representatives of our core values and advocates of our mission. We foster a culture based on diversity and inclusion, where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. We promote open communication and tolerance, and encourage our teams to interact with and learn from each other whenever possible.
CEO, CLEAR Global
Andrew Bredenkamp PhD.
CEO, CLEAR Tech
Head of Research, Evidence, and Advocacy
Chief Financial Officer
Head of Human Resources
Chief Language Service Officer
Head of International Programs
Board of Directors
Andrew Bredenkamp PhD.
Chair of the board
Salvatore “Salvo” Giammarresi PhD.
Secretary, Board member
Awards and acknowledgements
- Taus’ Game-Changer Innovation Award 2018
Kató Speak, the first voice translation memory system
- coqui.ai’s Long Tail Language Competition Award 2021
Best speech-to-text model for Kurmanji
- Wikimedia Foundation Research Award 2021
Masakhane, a grassroots NLP community for Africa, by Africans
- AfricaNLP Workshop 2021 Best Papers Awards
Congolese Swahili Machine Translation for Humanitarian Response
- KTLC Growth Content Best Presentation Award 2021 – 2020:
The Growth Gap Year at Translators without Borders
- Think Global Awards Reimagining Culture 2022
Community and Nonprofit Category
“Communication is a basic need that can help to save and protect lives.”
Editor, TC World