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A Netherlands based think tank has been named a financial transparency leader according to a new report from Transparify.

The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) is one of only 21 think tanks out of 169 to receive the maximum five star rating for funding transparency.

The report by Transparify, an initiative devoted to advocating for greater think tank transparency worldwide, named ECDPM as the top think tank for funding transparency in the Netherlands.

Transparify said ECDPM showed “exemplary transparency” and “set[ting] the gold standard for the field as a whole”.

Transparify strongly believes that financial transparency boosts the credibility of a think tank’s research findings and policy recommendations, and is keen to see the leaders in the field receive the credit they deserve.

Geert Laporte, Deputy Director at ECDPM, said: “ECDPM is very pleased to have been rated with the maximum score in terms of funding transparency. 

As an independent think and do tank specialising in EU-Africa relations, ECDPM receives institutional financial support from some ten European states as well as programme and project funding from a large and diverse group of funding agencies. For ECDPM our excellent record on transparency is key  to build and keep the trust of all our partners and stakeholders.”

ECDPM’s main funder is the government of the Netherlands. Its other institutional partners are Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland.

ECDPM has carried out several projects funded by the European Commission, most of them strategic and thematic evaluations.

More information on Transparify can be found here:

More information on ECDPM funding can be found here:

Notes for editors

The European Centre for Development Policy Management is an independent foundation specialising in EU-Africa relations. We work on trade, food security, EU external action, conflict, security and resilience, African Change Dynamics and economic transformation.

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