Our Approach


MDIF invests in independent media around the world providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.

Why we are here

Timely, accurate, relevant information is critical to free societies. It enables fuller participation in public life, holds the powerful to account and protects the rights of the individual.

How we choose clients and areas of operations

MDIF invests its resources of financial capital and human skills in independent media companies in a range of countries where access to free and independent media is under threat.  Areas of operation and selection of clients are based on three broad criteria: mission impact in relation to investment; potential for long-term viability; editorial integrity.

How we work

MDIF financial investments include affordable loans, equity investments, loan guarantees and technical assistance grants.  MDIF mobilizes other investors to maximize the impact of its financing.  MDIF seeks to establish a long-term relationship with its clients, which may involve advice and assistance in business planning, media management and other technical development.

The changing landscape of media and investment

In the last decade, a technological revolution has transformed the media business and the way people access news and information across the world.  Digital News Ventures, a subsidiary of MDIF, makes seed investments in news and information start-ups, fostering innovation in digital news and contributing to the provision of information in the public interest. MDIF actively seeks new clients in new countries with innovative ideas for expanding the availability of independent information.

NewsDay, Zimbabwe


Ending the news blockade

The launch of NewsDay in June 2010 was a landmark in Zimbabwe’s recent history: it ended President Robert Mugabe’s seven-year control of daily news.

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