Contact Radar for interviews on the democratising power of mobile phone technology and citizen journalism, or to request direct access to any of our trainees:

  • Email us:
  • Tweet us: @OnOurRadar
  • Call us:

Kate Wiggans, Radar Media & Comms, in France +33 (0) 679 412915 or in the UK +44 (0) 7890 131322

Libby Powell, Radar co-director +44 (0) 777 900 6149

Alice Klein, Radar co-director +44 (0) 7812 357047

Press releases

1 March 2013: Kenya’s marginalised harness simple mobile phone technology to share election fear and news worldwide (click to download in Word – size 287kb) or view on a separate page here.

Media coverage, blogs & testimonials

Bill Thompson, technology critic, BBC & former Guardian journalist, on Radar:
“This is a really fascinating project because there has been lots of criticism about citizen journalism; that it’s not structured and people don’t know what they’re doing. By providing an environment in which people can learn to report information that they can verify, and by making it simple for them to get their message out, you free people’s creativity and self expression. You give them more opportunity to make themselves heard and start amplifying those individual voices.”

Al Jazeera: Africa’s digital election trackers

Inexpensive mobile phones and online maps are bringing new levels of transparency to elections across the continent.

BBC World Service: Sierra Leone citizen journalism

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Citizen journalists in Sierra Leone have taken to the streets to report on the recent national election. They were armed with nothing more than mobile phones and began sending text messages and disseminating them via Twitter, offering minute-by-minute reports on events that had never been so scrutinised before. Libby Powell, the founder of the news outlet, Radar, joins Click to discuss how local people have been empowered by technology to work as citizen journalists. Citizen journalists report Sierra Leone elections by SMS

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Connecting citizens in a country where ‘more people have a mobile phone than have electricity’, with editors and the online world

DFID Blog: Using mobile and web technology to enable citizens to have their say


“Radar [uses] similar techniques to report violence and challenges at polling stations across Sierra Leone in the November 2012 elections which they combined with a programme to train young journalists in mobile reporting in conjunction with Leonard Cheshire Disability. Radar is a great example of how technology can promote accountability mechanisms at the same time as helping achieve other development aims/goals, something that I’ve been discovering more of as I look into innovative ideas in more detail.”


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