Our Impact

MDIF provides financing and technical assistance to support the growth of sustainable independent news businesses. Measuring impact is critical to our work.

Each year we analyse changes in client reach, sales and other indicators of business performance to better understand how working with MDIF helps clients develop news business that are viable over the long term. We also assess the impact our clients have on the societies in which they operate. View the Impact Dashboard 2018 and read the full Methodology.

View interactive presentations showing examples of how our clients have created real change in their communities through their stories on corruption and accountability, coverage of elections and reporting on social issues that impact on people’s lives but are often under-reported, like the environment, gender, ethnicity and LGBT.

MDIF

Outputs

Loans, equity investments and technical assistance

$169.2 m

total financing

$147.8 m

loans and equity

$20.8 m

technical assistance

113

clients

39

countries

$71.7 m

current portfolio

Client

Outcomes

Clients increase their reach and sales while working with MDIF

93.7 m

people got news from clients in 2017

32%

median client reach increase after 5 years

$5.32

in client sales leveraged by each $ invested

105%

median client sales growth after 5 years

Societal

Outcomes

Clients expose corruption and hold the powerful accountable

86%

of clients saw their corruption reporting create impact in 2017

86%

of clients saw their accountability reporting create impact in 2017

Mail & Guardian, South Africa

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A beacon of investigative journalism

M&G was the first South African daily to turn its back on racial allegiance in its selection and coverage of news. It is widely known and respected as the leading investigative journalism newspaper in the region…

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