MDIF clients provide news to more than 68.6 million people

Over the last year, MDIF clients provided news and information to over 68.6 million people in countries where access to free and independent media is under threat, while generating a combined $92.4 million in sales. The Impact Dashboard 2015 found that after five years of working with MDIF, client businesses grew their reach by a median of 34% and their sales by 115%.

It also found that clients ranging from local news websites to national broadcasters had a profound impact on their societies through reporting on corruption and government accountability. Across our portfolio, in 2014 85% of clients exposed corruption scandals in their country and 79% held government leaders accountable for their policy promises.

View our interactive Impact Dashboard presentation here or read the full publication here. Key findings by impact area include:


  • After five years of working with MDIF, client reach increased by a median of 34% (on average by 188%)
  • From 2013 to 2014, clients increased their total reach by a median of 1% (on average by 37%)


  • After five years of working with MDIF, clients increased their sales by a median of 115% (mean of 240%)
  • Clients saw a median annual growth rate of 21% (CAGR) during their first five years working with MDIF


  • Median risk rating across the portfolio was 5.29 in 2014, a 1.45% increase from 2013 but still within the moderate risk range
  • Low risk clients made up 37% of our portfolio in 2014, down from 42% in 2013

Client Impacts on Society

  • In 2014, 85% of our clients reported on corruption scandals in their country
  • In 2014, 79% of our clients held their governments accountable for their policy promises

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