Beyond opacity: seeing clearly through the glass window of think tank financing
As think tanks have become a pivotal component of truly democratic societies, assessing the transparency with which these institutions receive their money – often from taxpayers – is necessary to ensure their credibility. In a financial environment where fraud and the misuse of both private and public money are an all too often seen, how do we assess whether think tanks are receiving their budget in a transparent fashion?
Since 2014, the Georgia-based non-profit initiative Transparify publishes a yearly report on think tanks’ income transparency. This year, it assessed 200 think tanks in 47 countries with regards to their financial transparency and their accessibility of information on donors.
For the third year in a row, ECDPM was awarded a five-star ranking – the highest possible score – in the 2016 think tank transparency report released by Transparify.
The five-star rating was awarded to only ten organisations in the EU. Transparify praises ECDPM for having “all donors listed, clearly identifying funding amounts for, and sources of, particular projects”.
As think tanks have become a pivotal component of truly democratic societies, assessing the transparency with which these institutions receive their money – often from taxpayers – becomes pivotal to ensure their credibility.
Since 1986, ECDPM is committed to transparency, accountability and integrity. At present, a large part of its core funding comes from the government of the Netherlands. The centre also receives institutional funding from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sweden and Switzerland, as well as programme funding from Portugal and the UK.
In addition to that, ECDPM receives project funding from a diverse group of funding agencies. For example, it carries out several projects funded by the European Commission, most of them strategic and thematic evaluations.
ECDPM is also committed to the highest level of transparency throughout its operations – from input to output. A complete Annual Report of its 2015 activities is available on the website to access the outcomes of the centre’s expenditures.
If you would like to arrange an interview with ECDPM or you would simply like to get in touch with us for further information, please contact ECDPM’s Head of Communications Melissa Julian at [email protected] or 32 (0) 473 28 11 65.