What is “transparency”?

There have been heated debate and discussion between scholars across the world to find possible definition for the word ‘Transparency’. In a literal sense, transparency referees to the property of an object or matter that can be seen through. More broadly, it is associated with matters pertinent to governance and control of corruption. In this sense, the notion of transparency denotes the quality of being clear, honest and being accountable.

According to Transparency International transparency is defined as a principle that allows those affected by administrative decisions, business transactions or charitable work to know not only the basic facts and figures but also the mechanisms and processes. It is the duty of civil servants, managers and trustees to act visibly, predictably and understandably.