Source description last updated: 4 January 2022.
In brief: Transparency International (TI) is an international NGO present in more than 100 countries working to fight corruption.
Coverage on
Country-specific corruption reports.
Covered quarterly on, for countries of priorities A-D.
Founded in 1993, TI is working towards a „world in which government, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption.“ (TI: Who We Are; Organisation, undated) „Through more than 100 national chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin“, TI works with partners in government, business and civil society (TI: Who We Are; Organisation, undated) to „stop corruption and promote transparency, accountability and integrity at all levels and across all sectors of society.“ TI's Core Values are: „transparency, accountability, integrity, solidarity, courage, justice and democracy.“ (TI: Who We Are; Organisation; Mission, Vision and Values, undated)
A detailed list of values and guiding principles of TI can be found at

TI “receives funding from a range of donors, including government agencies, multilateral institutions, foundations, the private sector and individuals”. (TI: Who we are, How we are funded, Funding and Financials, undated)

A detailed list of supporters can be found here:

TI’s financial statements for the year ended December 2020 can be found here:

Scope of reporting:

Thematic focus: TI’s two main priorities are ending the abuse of power and impunity for the corrupt as well as closing down systems that allow corruption schemes to thrive. (TI, What we do, Our priorities, undated) Other priorities include, for example, asset recovery and the theft of public money, business integrity and land corruption. For a full list of all priorities, see:

Geographic focus: All countries


Most of TI’s reports provide information on the methodology used. The methodology varies according to the subject of each report. Some reports are mainly based on interviews (see, for example, TI: People's Experiences of Corruption: Implications for Business in South-East Asia, 2019, p. 32), others focus on desk-research of publicly available material such as laws and legal cases, official documents, media articles and specialised literature (see, for example, TI: Examining State Capture, December 2020, p. 8). Other reports prefer a more quantitative approach, accessing primarily “publicly available material” (such as websites) and complimenting the information with follow-up interviews (TI: Protecting Climate Finance, 2014, p. 7).

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