MDIF Statement on Adri Senekal de Wet’s article, “Opinion: StratCom, come out for business’s sake”


The editor of the Business Report in South Africa, Ms. Senekal de Wet has made inaccurate and defamatory claims about Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) and our role in Mail & Guardian. Ms. Senekal de Wet’s allegations about MDIF go beyond opinion and into the realm of fantasy. Her misidentification of MDIF as Media Diversity […]

MAS releases guide to data journalism and case studies on paywall implementation


MDIF’s technical assistance hub, Media Advisory Services, has released two new publications: a guide to data journalism and case studies on paywall implementation. Best Practices for Data Journalism is the third guidebook in the MAS series of practical guides for media managers and Case studies on paywall implementation provides concrete examples to support Guide #2 – […]

MDIF closes $6-million media impact fund


Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) today announced final close of MDIF Media Finance I, a $6-million impact fund investing in independent news media in select emerging and frontier markets. “We are delighted to have closed MMF I and ramp up financing for companies that provide the news, information and debate that people need to build […]

Harlan Mandel appears on The Back Story podcast


MDIF’s CEO Harlan Mandel appeared on WAN-IFRA‘s new media freedom podcast, The Back Story. The episode, entitled ‘Show me the money – Censorship and financial independence’. also featured Fatemah Farag of Welad ElBalad Media Services, a network of local newspapers in Egypt, and Sonny Swe, founder and CEO of Black Knight Media Group and publisher […]

MDIF selected for ImpactAssets 50 for seventh straight year


Media Development Investment Fund has been selected for the ImpactAssets 50 (IA 50), a free online resource for investors and financial advisors, for the seventh consecutive year. The IA50 2017-18 features fund managers representing private debt and equity investments that deliver social and environmental impact as well as financial returns. “We are honored to have […]