Our Impact

MDIF provides financing and technical assistance to support the growth of sustainable independent news businesses. Measuring impact is critical to our work.

Each year we analyse changes in client reach, sales and other indicators of business performance to better understand how working with MDIF helps clients develop news business that are viable over the long term. We also assess the impact our clients have on the societies in which they operate. View the interactive presentation or download the pdf of the MDIF Impact Dashboard 2015, and read the full Methodology.

View an interactive presentation examining how our clients’ coverage has helped ensure free and fair elections by improving voter knowledge, exposing corruption and increasing participation.

MDIF

Outputs

Loans, equity investments and technical assistance through Sept. 2015

$133.6 m

total financing

$117 m

loans and equity

$16 m

technical assistance

108

clients

325

projects

$40.8 m

current portfolio

Client

Outcomes

Clients increase their reach and sales while working with MDIF

68.6 m

people got news from clients in 2014

34%

median client reach increase after 5 years

$92.4 m

total client sales in 2014

115%

median client sales growth after 5 years

Societal

Outcomes

Clients expose corruption and hold the powerful accountable

85%

of clients exposed a corruption scandal in their country in 2014

79%

of clients held their government leaders accountable for policy promises in 2014

Mail & Guardian, South Africa

caseStoryCta

A beacon of investigative journalism

M&G was the first South African daily to turn its back on racial allegiance in its selection and coverage of news. It is widely known and respected as the leading investigative journalism newspaper in the region…

Read more