About

Who We Are

Radar is a communication rights organisation run by a team of passionate journalists and development professionals.

We train and mentor networks of citizen reporters from some of the world’s most marginalised communities, and empower them to bring their news and perspectives into the public dialogue. We do this by structuring our reporting around one of the most affordable communication tools available – basic mobile phones.

Why We Exist

We believe that the best stories are told straight from the source.

Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights protects the right of every individual or community to speak and be heard, but in practice, access to communication tools and the ability to influence the media agenda are often governed by a strict social and cultural hierarchy.

Radar aims to challenge stereotypes in the press, open up the flow of critical news and democratise access to the media, giving more people a chance to engage in meaningful dialogue.

How We Work

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Radar’s technical framework is built around a web app combining an SMS gateway, an editorial panel and a micro-site, which together bridge the gap between mobile networks in the developing world, and global information flows on the world wide web.

In practice, a news alert sent via SMS from a village in India can be received in London, analysed and verified by our expert team, and shared online with influential audiences within minutes.

We also offer pro bono editorial support, and link trained reporters with digital storytellers, mappers, bloggers and journalists, to produce collaborative multimedia reports covering neglected news and fresh perspectives.

Radar also runs a third sector communications consultancy offering solutions to communication challenges, primarily in the developing world. (For more information on this, visit our projects page.)

What We’ve Achieved

Radar has rapidly established itself as the go-to place for authentic voices in the places that we work.

The work of our reporters has been featured on BBC World Service, The Guardian, Channel 4 News, Sky News, Huffington Post UK and the New Internationalist, as well as on many specialist blogs.

Throughout the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Radar reporters were commissioned by a host of major international outlets to conduct interviews, file stories and submit radio reports about the crisis. The reporters documented the impact that the crisis had on their communities, and were able to gain un-rivalled access and break stories long before major news agencies, winning praise for their moving and impassioned storytelling.

Previously, Radar has been recognised by EU observation teams for highlighting barriers to access in African elections, worked with reporters in India to uncover instances of modern day slavery, and trained community activists in three African nations to report hidden local issues to their elected representatives.

In just two years of operation, we have supported over 300 reporters from marginalised communities to share news that has reached an audience in the hundreds of thousands.

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