ERCAS has been named an OECD Knowledge Partner for the fifth year in a row!

To mark this partnership, we invite you to join our presentation during the virtual 2021 OECD Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum on how ERCAS’s new transparency index (T-index) enables societies to achieve higher government transparency and recover public integrity even during pandemic times.


T-index: Empowering Transparency in Corona Times

Thu, March 25 |  3 pm – 3.30 pm CET

Solutions to corrupt public health demand an infrastructure in transparency that can only be developed between crises. However, while this pandemic increased opportunities for corruption, it also prompted long due digitalization reforms.

ERCAS Chair Alina Mungiu Pippidi and ERCAS Fellow Roberto Martínez B. Kukutschka take this opportunity to offer a clear reform agenda by presenting a Transparency (T) index for 122 countries based on information provided by their governments through various websites.

The T-index is an assessment of government transparency based on different kinds of transparency services that countries offer to their citizens, encompassing both de jure and de facto aspects. It consists of an addition of 14 essential websites (containing all the information which enables enlightened citizens to defend themselves from corruption), plus 6 essential legal conventions (total score = 20).

The analysis of its results, broken by different tools (such as fiscal transparency, financial disclosures, judicial transparency, land cadaster, etc.) and by continents, shows that de facto transparency works to deter corruption. The T-index, thus, provides a clear roadmap for governments and civil society watchdogs to advocate for the transparency which matters to reduce corruption.

Join our session to see how your country does and what is still left to do to reach the total score!


Did you attend the event and want our slides? Download our speakers’ presentation here ERCAS at OECD 2021 Integrity Week