Who we are

Who we are
WDF is a leading funder of diabetes prevention and care projects in low- and middle-income countries

We help low- and middle-income countries improve diabetes prevention and cure. We work through partnerships. We act as a catalyst for change.

The World Diabetes Foundation was founded in 2002 as an independent foundation by Novo Nordisk A/S, and today is a leading global funder of diabetes prevention and care projects in low- and middle-income countries. 

We support projects that are

demand driven, locally formulated and integrated into local health systems.
From 2002-2021, WDF provided 182 million euro in funding to 584 partnership projects in 119 countries. For every euro provided by WDF, project partners raise approximately 2 euros in cash or in-kind contributions from other sources.


Our mission:
  • We create partnerships to assist people with diabetes and those at risk, acting as a catalyst
    to help others do more
  • We link people and resources to educate and advocate globally and provide care locally
  • Our priority is to support the poorest of the poor
  • We empower local communities to achieve sustainable solutions and yield replicable models
  • We encourage innovative strategies to prevent diabetes and its consequences