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28 years of empowering media

Experienced in the business of change

MDIF has a 28-year track record of supporting independent media while delivering financial and social returns to funders and investors. Our expertise is in helping to build news companies, from strategic investing to providing world-class advisory, all aimed at securing sustained media viability and driving positive change in society.


in total financing


media companies in 47 countries


assets under management

Since 1996, we have provided $266 million in loans and equity investments and $49 million in technical assistance and grants.

Newsroom of SME, people sitting in the room, newspapers stacked on the side
Photo: SME / Jozef Jakubčo

A reliable partner dedicated to delivering value

To create impact, we develop lasting relationships with our media clients and our funders and investors. We are rigorous in managing risk and since making our first loan in 1996 have never missed or been late with a repayment.


Received in interest, dividends and capital gains


Collected in recovered principal invested


Returned to investors


of the total loaned and invested written off

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