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A selection of data and charts using the directory database

Other Characteristics

Here you will find information on the age of think tanks, number of staff, business models and other various data. See our FAQs for a full account of the variables available. See other charts based on: You can also download the full dataset and explore all the data available.
Data
Region % of think tanks with basic data complete
Asia 100%
Europe 100%
Latin America and the Caribbean 100%
N/A 100%
No 100%
North Africa 100%
Northern America 100%
Oceania 100%
Sub- Saharan Africa 100%
Age
Region Average think tank age
Asia 29
Europe 28
Latin America and the Caribbean 27
North Africa 19
Northern America 35
Oceania 26
Sub- Saharan Africa 20
Budget
Region Average budget (USD per year)
Europe 9,806,796
N/A 0
North Africa 77,899
Northern America 9,467,543
Oceania 14,552,227
Sub- Saharan Africa 2,099,286
Asia 84,316,999
Latin America and the Caribbean 1,774,780
Business model
Region Business For profit Government Government organisation Independent N/A Non-profit Other University institute/center
Asia 6% 18% 6% 47% 4% 16%
Europe 6% 5% 5% 65% 4% 13%
Latin America and the Caribbean 2% 5% 68% 4% 19%
N/A 100%
No
North Africa 3% 7% 70% 10% 10%
Northern America 1% 0% 77% 1% 13%
Oceania 18% 2% 49% 32%
Sub- Saharan Africa 9% 6% 62% 8% 15%
Affiliation
Region Foundation Government Independent Industry-Private sector International Organism N/A Network Other Political party Political party/figure University
Asia 1% 24% 49% 1% 1% 2% 2% 1% 3% 17%
Europe 2% 7% 58% 2% 3% 3% 3% 3% 4% 15%
Latin America and the Caribbean 2% 6% 67% 1% 2% 3% 3% 1% 17%
N/A 100%
No
North Africa 13% 57% 3% 3% 3% 7% 3%
Northern America 1% 68% 0% 0% 0% 21%
Oceania 4% 8% 44% 2% 4% 1% 4% 45%
Sub- Saharan Africa 2% 10% 66% 2% 5% 10% 1% 16%
Leaders and staff
Region Average staff size Average percentage of female staff Percentage of female leaders
Asia 272 19% 14%
Europe 53 27% 23%
Latin America and the Caribbean 37 46% 32%
N/A 7 32% 100%
No
North Africa 64 25% 16%
Northern America 41 36% 22%
Oceania 80 38% 18%
Sub- Saharan Africa 23 31% 28%
Gender of founder(s)
Region Female Male Male & Female
Asia 19% 68% 13%
Europe 17% 71% 13%
Latin America and the Caribbean 24% 56% 20%
N/A 50% 50% 0%
No
North Africa 18% 65% 18%
Northern America 15% 76% 9%
Oceania 14% 76% 10%
Sub- Saharan Africa 22% 60% 18%
Publications
Region Average publication number Average publication per staff
Asia 944 2
Europe 58 1
Latin America and the Caribbean 57 2
N/A 4 1
No
North Africa 114 2
Northern America 60 2
Oceania 48 2
Sub- Saharan Africa 43 1
Social media
Region Average Facebook likes Average Twitter followers Average YouTube subscribers Average LinkedIn followers Average Instagram followers Average Vimeo subscribers
Asia 8,963 17,021 8,033 6,665 5,100 26
Europe 12,002 12,283 3,270 6,237 4,483 80
Latin America and the Caribbean 16,073 27,248 2,165 17,875 17,658 0
N/A 462 120
No
North Africa 3,643 20,328 496 4,561 11,127
Northern America 31,758 60,420 10,130 7,178 12,812 33
Oceania 6,638 22,364 2,848 8,160 1,257 18
Sub- Saharan Africa 9,499 12,140 2,541 6,970 11,344