In the 2016 Transparify ranking, three SELDI Members were awarded five stars for a second time: the Center for the Study of Democracy, Bulgaria, the Center for Democratic Transition (CDT), Montenegro and Institute Alternative (IA), Montenegro. Transparify, a non-profit initiative based in Georgia (Caucasus), provides the first-ever global rating of the financial transparency of 200 major think tanks in 47 countries. In doing so, the CSOs are able to be highlighted internationally as organisations that take pride in disclosing information. Five-star institutions are role models in the field, which make it easy for an engaged citizen to find out who supports their work, and any of their specific projects. Transparify discovered that in 2016 an unprecedented number of policy research and advocacy organizations are now broadly or highly transparent, publishing the names of their donors and information on the amounts given by each donor on their websites.
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