Out of our sample of 169 major think tanks worldwide in our 2015 report, 31 received the maximum possible five-star rating, reflecting their exemplary transparency when it comes to publicly disclosing their sources of funding. These think tanks use their websites to disclose in great detail who funds them, with what sums, and for what research projects. They set the gold standard for the field as a whole.
- African Economic Research Consortium (Kenya)
- Bruegel (Belgium)
- Center for Democratic Transition (CDT) (Montenegro)
- Center for Global Development (United States)
- Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM) (Macedonia)
- Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) (Bulgaria)
- Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) (Canada)
- Centre for Monitoring and Research (CeMI) (Montenegro)
- Centre for Policy Research (India)
- Corruption Watch (South Africa)
- Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC) (Georgia)
- European Centre for Development and Policy Management (ECDPM) (Netherlands)
- European Policy Institute - Skopje (Macedonia)
- Global Integrity (United States)
- Grupo FARO (Ecuador)
- IEA Kenya (Kenya)
- Institute Alternative (IA) (Montenegro)
- Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) (Singapore)
- Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (IPEA) (Brazil)
- International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
- JumpStart Georgia (Georgia)
- Natural Resource Governance Institute (United States) (FORMERLY: Revenue Watch Institute (RWI))
- Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI) (Norway)
- Pew Research Center (United States)
- Policy Association for an Open Society (PASOS) (Czech Republic)
- Reactor - Research in Action (Macedonia)
- Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC) (Pakistan)
- Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) (Germany)
- Stimson Center (United States)
- Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) (Sweden)
- Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) (Sweden)
- Transparency International - Georgia (Georgia)
- Woodrow Wilson Center (United States)
- World Resources Institute (United States)
The broad geographical spread of five-star institutions highlights that think tanks can achieve high levels of transparency in a variety of settings. Highly transparent think tanks can be found in all major continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.
There is significant momentum toward greater transparency. In our December 2013 baseline, only 12 think tanks had 5-star transparency. The number of highly transparent think tanks has nearly tripled, since then. We expect that this trend towards more transparency will accelerate, and several institutions listed above have joined to become highly transparent even though they were not covered by our original study.
To see what 5-star think tanks say about transparency, read the blog posts by the Center for Global Development, Global Integrity, the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the Stimson Center, and the World Resources Institute in the United States; Transparency International in Georgia; and the Social Policy and Development Centre in Pakistan.
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