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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 91.4%
Europe 82.8%
Latin America and the Caribbean 89%
North Africa 85%
Northern America 81.8%
Oceania 78.4%
Sub- Saharan Africa 85.4%
Age
Region Average think tank age
Asia 28
Europe 29
Latin America and the Caribbean 28
North Africa 18
Northern America 37
Oceania 28
Sub- Saharan Africa 23
Budget
Region Average budget (USD per year)
Asia 218,578,023
Latin America and the Caribbean 9,664,020
Sub- Saharan Africa 786,801
Europe 40,466,994
Northern America 26,408,469
Oceania 8,235,913
Business model
Region Business Government Government organisation Independent Non-profit Other University institute/center
Asia 5% 21% 45% 2% 15%
Europe 5% 4% 62% 3% 12%
Latin America and the Caribbean 3% 5% 68% 3% 21%
North Africa 5% 10% 65% 5% 20%
Northern America 1% 1% 84% 1% 9%
Oceania 19% 3% 44% 20%
Sub- Saharan Africa 16% 10% 51% 6% 15%
Affiliation
Region Foundation Government Independent Industry-Private sector International Organism Network Other Political party Political party/figure University
Asia 26% 50% 1% 1% 2% 1% 3% 18%
Europe 1% 5% 53% 1% 2% 2% 2% 3% 13%
Latin America and the Caribbean 0% 5% 69% 1% 1% 3% 2% 1% 17%
North Africa 20% 55% 5% 5% 5% 5%
Northern America 1% 75% 0% 1% 22%
Oceania 5% 43% 2% 2% 5% 43%
Sub- Saharan Africa 13% 62% 1% 4% 7% 2% 12%
Leaders and staff
Region Average staff size Average percentage of female staff Percentage of female leaders
Asia 550 19% 11%
Europe 59 23% 19%
Latin America and the Caribbean 61 39% 30%
North Africa 32 31% 55%
Northern America 54 23% 20%
Oceania 30 21% 13%
Sub- Saharan Africa 29 38% 29%
Gender of founder(s)
Region Female Male Male & Female
Asia 19% 69% 12%
Europe 15% 75% 10%
Latin America and the Caribbean 23% 59% 18%
North Africa 21% 57% 21%
Northern America 13% 78% 9%
Oceania 16% 76% 9%
Sub- Saharan Africa 21% 63% 16%
Publications
Region Average publication number Average publication per staff
Asia 254 0
Europe 120 2
Latin America and the Caribbean 220 3
North Africa 100 1
Northern America 109 2
Oceania 165 6
Sub- Saharan Africa 29 1
Social media
Region Average Facebook likes Average Twitter followers Average YouTube subscribers Average LinkedIn followers Average Instagram followers Average Vimeo subscribers
Asia 10,268 17,099 13,531 8,695 4,060 26
Europe 12,333 10,627 3,364 6,094 3,092 74
Latin America and the Caribbean 14,385 24,571 1,407 5,626 11,486
North Africa 2,753 9,779 400 2,191 909
Northern America 31,481 62,161 10,009 7,244 12,267 32
Oceania 5,622 13,312 2,559 8,199 1,230 18
Sub- Saharan Africa 7,878 12,021 622 10,411 8,864