Project Syndicate is a not-for-profit institution which consists of 404 newspapers in 148 countries. One of its first missions is to strengthen the independence of printed media in transition and developing countries and upgrade their journalistic, editorial, and business capacities. Financial contributions from member papers in developed countries, such as The Guardian, The Age or Le Figaro, support the services provided free by Project Syndicate to members in less advanced economies. Project Syndicate delivers commentaries by prominent figures on topics ranging from environment to international affairs and philosophy. Past commentaries have come from figures such as Kofi Annan, Mikhail Gorbatchev, Michel Rocard, Umberto Eco, Joseph S. Nye, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Sydney Brenner and Paul Berg.