This paper presents an overview of a program designed to address the growing need for developing freely available speech resources for under-represented languages. At present we have released 38 datasets for building text-to-speech and automatic speech recognition applications for languages and dialects of South and Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. The paper describes the methodology used for developing such corpora and presents some of our findings that could benefit under-represented language communities.
* Appeared in 2019 UNESCO International Conference Language
Technologies for All (LT4All): Enabling Linguistic Diversity and
Multilingualism Worldwide, 4-6 December, Paris, France