What we fund

We fund diabetes projects with a poverty focus in line with the WDF Code of Conduct.

WDF projects should

  1. Focus on diabetes care, prevention and/or advocacy within one or more of WDF's focus areas (See What We Do for details)  
  2. Produce sustainable outcomes that continue after WDF funding ceases  
  3. Require minimum funding from WDF for salaries and indirect costs

WDF does not fund

• Basic laboratory research or other exclusive research projects
• Travel grants for conferences, meetings, etc.
• Educational grants - long term basic or specialised training
• Construction of buildings
• Primary health care work without focus on/link to diabetes prevention and care
• Establishment of parallel structures
• Heavy equipment (vehicles and tertiary care equipment, unless justified)
• External consultants (unless justified by project design and local context)
• North/South approach (unless justified by local context)
• Project staff component should be kept to a minimum
• Per diem/daily allowances where cost of participation, transport and accommodation is also covered through the project budget
WDF does not fund core running costs, including:
o Salaries/incentives for permanent staff 
o Rent
o Electricity
o Internet
o Telephone
o Procurement of medicines
o Test consumables (strips, reagents etc.) for long term continuation of activities

Guideline on administration fee/overhead 

Administration cost should not exceed  7% of the subtotal. The boundary between general administration costs and direct project spending may appear less than clear-cut, but the following types of expenses within the organisation can only be covered by the administration fee:
• Office maintenance (rent, cleaning, office expenses, transport, electricity and water, assistant personnel and other common operational costs). 
• Staffing of head office (and field office, if any) carrying out normal administrative procedures, including: The preparation of applications and other proposals, costs of travel that does not form part of activity-specific monitoring. Recruitment and selection of personnel unrelated to any specific project, meeting activity, contacts with the WDF Secretariat, reporting assignments, general budgeting and accounting tasks.
• The organisational leadership’s involvement in the cooperation (leadership refers to members of the various governing bodies).