Transparify’s 2016 think tank transparency report, detailing the levels of financial disclosure of 200 think tanks located in 47 countries worldwide, is now online.
- This year’s report has a special focus on think tanks in the UK. Almost two thirds of UK think tanks are now broadly or highly transparent (4- or 5-star), while only four remain highly opaque.
- Dozens of think tanks from a diverse array of countries such as Germany, Ghana, Hungary, and Ukraine have made large leaps forward in transparency and have disclosed more funding data over the past year.
- Transparency in policy research has become the norm in several countries, including the United States, Great Britain, and Georgia. However, other countries still lag behind.
- More than 60 of the 200 think tanks are now highly transparent (5-star).
Why is think tank transparency important? Nobody can answer that question better than think tanks themselves. In addition to these perspectives, scroll down to see the views of Chatham House (UK), the Ethiopian Economics Association and Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute (Ethiopia), and Transparency International UK.
Over the coming days, we will collect reactions from the media and think tankers worldwide and summarize them on this blog. For immediate updates on think tanks’ reactions, media coverage and other news, follow us on Twitter.
UPDATE (29 June, 7:30 GMT): The Hudson Institute (United States) have greatly increased their transparency in their 2015 report, as they just highlighted to us this morning. While their update came after we closed our assessments, please join us in congratulating the Hudson Institute on their 4-star transparency. There now are 30 think tanks in the United States that are highly or broadly transparent, and only 4 that are highly opaque.