Investing in independent media

MDIF invests in independent media around the world providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies. We provide affordable debt and equity financing, supported by tailored technical assistance and advisory services, to help independent media thrive and safeguard their editorial independence. Our clients are companies who continue to hold the powerful to account, protect the rights of the individual and provide a platform for debate.

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Investing for impact

MDIF provides affordable debt and equity financing to independent media in a range of countries where access to free and independent news and information is under threat. For 25 years, 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.

total financing

132 clients
in 44 countries

$119m current assets under management

Our clients

From digital startups to national multi-platform broadcasters, whether in South America or Southeast Asia, MDIF clients are vital institutions that underpin open, vibrant societies. Many are leaders in their market, renowned for their fact-based reporting and informed opinion. MDIF investment helps each one of them to realize their full potential.

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Our impact

MDIF has measurable impact on the financial viability of media businesses. By working with us, media grow audiences and sales, strengthening their economic independence and enabling them to deepen the social impact of their work.

Impact on clients

Our work helps clients grow stronger businesses

After five years of working with MDIF, client reach increased on average by 190%

After five years of working with MDIF, client revenues increased on average by 205%

Impact on society

Our clients impact their societies in areas including

Social issues
Corruption and accountability

What’s new

Updates and resources from MDIF, our clients and the world of media investing.

SAMIP: Innovation in the time of Covid-19

By Bilal Randeree, Program Director for Africa & MENA. In a time of global crisis for independent media, only worsened by the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, the South…

Strengthening media ecosystems

By Tessa Piper, Program Director for Southeast Asia. In addition to the financial investments that make up the core of MDIF’s work, over the past six years we have been…

Funders and investors

MDIF funders and investors include a wide range of organizations and individuals who share our commitment to independent media. Their financing helps media companies in challenging environments build strong businesses that hold the powerful to account and foster economic, social and political development.

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