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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 91.1%
Europe 82.6%
Latin America and the Caribbean 89.5%
North Africa 89.5%
Northern America 81.6%
Oceania 78.7%
Sub- Saharan Africa 85.5%
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 215,412,374
Latin America and the Caribbean 9,353,668
Sub- Saharan Africa 789,059
Europe 39,917,121
Northern America 24,366,368
Oceania 7,811,369
Business model
Region Business For profit Government Government organisation Independent Non-profit Other University institute/center
Asia 5% 21% 45% 2% 14%
Europe 4% 4% 62% 2% 12%
Latin America and the Caribbean 2% 5% 68% 3% 20%
North Africa 5% 11% 63% 5% 21%
Northern America 1% 1% 84% 1% 10%
Oceania 19% 3% 44% 21%
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 0% 26% 50% 1% 1% 2% 1% 3% 18%
Europe 1% 5% 53% 1% 1% 2% 2% 0% 3% 12%
Latin America and the Caribbean 0% 5% 69% 1% 1% 3% 2% 1% 17%
North Africa 21% 53% 5% 5% 5% 5%
Northern America 0% 1% 75% 0% 1% 22%
Oceania 4% 43% 2% 2% 4% 44%
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 544 20% 14%
Europe 59 23% 21%
Latin America and the Caribbean 61 39% 32%
North Africa 32 31% 33%
Northern America 54 23% 19%
Oceania 30 22% 14%
Sub- Saharan Africa 29 38% 26%
Gender of founder(s)
Region Female Male Male & Female
Asia 18% 70% 12%
Europe 15% 75% 10%
Latin America and the Caribbean 23% 59% 18%
North Africa 18% 64% 18%
Northern America 13% 78% 9%
Oceania 14% 79% 7%
Sub- Saharan Africa 21% 63% 16%
Publications
Region Average publication number Average publication per staff
Asia 252 0
Europe 121 2
Latin America and the Caribbean 217 3
North Africa 100 1
Northern America 112 2
Oceania 162 5
Sub- Saharan Africa 28 1
Social media
Region Average Facebook likes Average Twitter followers Average YouTube subscribers Average LinkedIn followers Average Instagram followers Average Vimeo subscribers
Asia 10,140 16,867 13,431 8,649 4,080 26
Europe 12,183 10,521 3,347 5,981 2,954 74
Latin America and the Caribbean 14,553 25,683 1,465 19,793 12,536
North Africa 2,753 10,286 400 2,191 909
Northern America 28,911 60,999 8,195 7,080 11,439 33
Oceania 5,572 13,312 2,559 7,879 1,230 18
Sub- Saharan Africa 7,821 12,047 611 10,422 8,864