25 years of media investing

What we have learned

Throughout 2021 we are celebrating our 25th anniversary – a quarter of a century since we provided our first loan to Slovakia’s SME to help it survive the rule of autocratic prime minister Vladimír Mečiar. Read our story and SME’s recollections of that first loan.

Over 25 years, MDIF (or rather, MDLF as we were at the time – we switched ‘Loan’ for ‘Investment’ in 2013) has changed significantly, as have the media companies we work with. It has been an amazing journey and we’ve decided to capture some of the most important things we’ve learned in a way that seeks inspiration from the past but has real relevance to the present.

On this page, we’ll be sharing 25 pieces of content on the theme, ‘25 things we’ve learned’. We’ll include practical insights from team members about helping media develop robust businesses, like the critical questions all media entrepreneurs should ask themselves when launching a startup, as well as lessons relating to how we carry out our work, like the pros and cons of using a fund structure and the importance of mission alignment with investors.

We think 25 pieces of stimulating content from across MDIF will be a fitting tribute to 25 years of investing in independent media.

25 lessons

Over the course of the year, we will be regularly adding articles and insights into all aspects of our work. Watch this space!

Lessons from India

By Koreel Lahiri, Program Director for South Asia News media in India is going through a challenging period – both politically as well as business-wise. However, the market is large…

Independent media: the key to unlocking the SDGs

By Peter Whitehead, Director of Communications The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out 17 globally agreed aspirations for human development that will guide international development until 2030.

How to tackle a media crisis: The lessons of Covid-19

By Magdalena Skrzypek, Impact and Communications Manager In our 25-year history we have worked with clients to navigate challenges including wars, the emergence of autocrats, hyper-inflation and the global financial…