In 2017, the Open Society Foundations in partnership with Omidyar Network and the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) established the South African Media Innovation Program (SAMIP).

SAMIP was launched in 2017 to both strengthen and diversify the media space through a focus on innovation and transformation in four core areas: languages, new revenue opportunities, distribution and the transition to digital technology. It is administered by the MDIF in South Africa with a local Advisory Panel. SAMIP permits business risk taking.