Academia & Non-Profit

Tackling Politicization in Education - The Case of Pre-University Education in Armenia

by Mihaylo Milovanovitch

There is evidence that corruption is a persistent problem in Armenian education and that attempts to tackle it have so far led to less satisfactory results: in the perceptions of the Armenian public, education continues to be a sector particularly affected by the problem.

Corruption at Universities is a Common Disease for Russia and Ukraine

by Elena Denisova-Schmidt, Elvira Leontyeva and Yaroslav Prytula

Russia and Ukraine might not have common views on foreign policy or their own geographical borders today, but what they do have in common is a problem with endemic corruption in their countries. The higher education system is one of the areas suffering from this problem.

New Report Rates Think Tank Transparency

by Brooke Williams

Transparify, a small group based in Tbilisi, Georgia, released a report today that rates think tanks around the world based on how much, if anything, they publicly disclose about who funds their work. Only 12 percent of think tanks surveyed—a total of two in the United States—received the highest, five-star rating. But even those two don’t publicly name all of their donors.

The Breakthrough Institute's Inconvenient History with Al Gore

by Paul D. Thacker

While sometimes functioning as shadow universities, think tanks have been exposed as quasi lobbying organizations, with little funding transparency. Recent research has also pointed out that think tanks suffer from a lack of intellectual rigor. A case in point is the Breakthrough Institute run by Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, which describes itself as a "progressive think tank."

Why American Think Tanks Are Becoming More Transparent

by Brooke Williams reblogged from Transparify

Think tanks in the United States have been under increasing scrutiny in the past few years, with reports of them shilling for corporate and foreign government donors and using cozy relationships with lobbyists and lawmakers to shape public policy—all without disclosing exactly who paid them how much to do it. But things are changing. Slowly.