Impact

Investing for impact

MDIF has provided affordable debt and equity financing to independent news companies in a range of countries where access to free and independent media is under threat. Our financing and technical assistance have helped scores of media organizations build robust businesses, strong enough to hold governments to account, expose corruption and provide a platform for debate.

$226.7m
total financing

362 projects

for 117 clients

in 41 countries

$104m current assets under management

Impact on clients

Working with MDIF has a positive impact on client businesses. It helps news organziations build audiences and revenues, supporting their overall financial viability.

Impact on clients
After five years of working with MDIF, clients increased their sales by a median of 105% and their reach by a median of 32%.

Social impact

MDIF invests in independent media as a way of helping people build free, thriving societies. With a combined audience of almost 100 million people, MDIF-supported news businesses made a positive impact on their communities, including in these three areas:

Exposing corruption and holding those in power to account

Providing reliable information on social issues, like the environment, gender, ethnicity and LGBT

Supporting democratic participation and improving voter knowledge during elections

Our approach to impact tracking

MDIF

Does MDIF’s financing and technical assistance improve client sustainability?

Impact level 1
Client

Do MDIF’s clients have a positive impact on their societies?

Impact level 2
Society

Impact assessment is a critical part of our work, and we continuously work to refine and improve it in response to the sweeping changes in the media sector and changing best practices in impact measurement. We have developed a rigorous and streamlined process of tracking the impact of our financing and technical assistance, from its direct impact on client viability to how our clients drive change in their societies. Our approach includes both numerical and narrative data, as well as detailed longitudinal analysis and contemporaneous examples.

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