WADA’s core funding is sourced from the Olympic Movement and Governments of the world. Governments’ annual contributions are calculated through a regional split, which was agreed upon by public authorities shortly after the creation of WADA in 1999. The Olympic Movement matches Governments’ contributions up to fifty percent of WADA’s annual budget.

These regular annual contributions are complemented by additional contributions from WADA’s stakeholders and by projects or partnerships with other organizations.

At WADA’s inception in 1999, its operating income stood at USD 15.5 million. WADA’s 2022 approved budget now stands at USD 46 million. The increase has accompanied WADA’s expanding mandate and allowed for significant investment into research, education, investigations, compliance monitoring, governance reform and all other activities conducted by the Agency.   

WADA is very grateful to its funders as our achievements would not be possible without their financial support.

Annual contributions

In accordance with WADA’s statutes, since 2002, the Agency’s core funding is sourced from the Olympic Movement and Governments of the world.

In 2001, during an International Intergovernmental Consultative Group on Anti-Doping in Sport Meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, Governments outlined, and agreed to, a regional formula that governs how they fund their half of WADA's budget.

The agreed regional share in percentages is outlined in the Copenhagen Declaration and is as follows:

  • Africa: 0.5%
  • Americas: 29%
  • Asia: 20.46%
  • Europe: 47.5%
  • Oceania: 2.54%

Within each region, Governments then agree internally to each of their respective annual contributions.

Governments reconfirmed their commitment to fund half of WADA's operating budget in the Copenhagen Declaration and in the final text of the UNESCO International Convention Against Doping in Sport. Read further historical background information on Government contributions.

Governments’ contributions are then matched by the Olympic Movement.