About us

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Radar creates new channels, platforms and opportunities for people on the margins of society to share news and influence policy

We work primarily with one of the most affordable, accessible tools available globally – mobile phones.

Our five central programmes:

  • Offer free mobile journalism training for citizen reporters from the most vulnerable and marginalised groups within societies worldwide – particularly people with disabilities, women and girls in rural areas, slum dwellers and the urban poor and displaced communities
  • Run a central hub linking SMS reports to digital platforms and linking citizen reporters to international media and policy networks
  • Facilitate SMS feeds into high level summits on international development, health and policy, to ensure live dialogue with those most affected by the issues
  • Provide a mobile communication framework for NGOs and government departments to engage with beneficiaries of aid and development programmes, promoting participatory monitoring and evaluation of projects
  • Establish disease and crises tracking projects via SMS that source real time information and new perspectives from the heart of affected communities

Why?

The world has never been more connected. Breaking news can be shared online in an instant and the stories we read drive policy, accountability and social attitudes. But millions of voices worldwide still go unheard as a result of poverty, social exclusion and political repression. Without the power to share information, some of the most critical news falls under the radar. Corruption and abuse go unreported, successes and innovation go unnoticed and the opinions of the majority remain undocumented.

Radar’s response

We have designed a simple programme that harnesses the power of mobile as a tool for reporting news in areas with few resources and low connectivity. We run practical training workshops on how to capture and verify news and opinions and share that via text message. For as little as 1p, news alerts, photos and even video clips can be shared instantly and, if need be, anonymously. Instead of introducing new hi-tech equipment, our training is based on what people have in their pockets, from old Nokias to smart phones.

Radar acts as a central hub; receiving and sharing these messages online. We post them to Twitter, crowd maps,  news sites and blogs, linking reporters with editors, policy makers and audiences worldwide. Where there is interest, Radar connects media houses with reporters to facilitate income generation through paid commissions and work as fixers.

At its core…

this as a rights-based programme. Article 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights protects the right of every individual or community to have its stories and views heard. Radar offers a low cost, high impact model for ensuring that neglected news is noticed and amplified.

If you are interested in working with us as a partner or a trainee, please email us at emailradar@gmail.com

By 2015, it is predicted that sub-Saharan Africa will have more people with mobile network access than have electricity at home – AfricaFocus

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