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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 27
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 8,915,037
N/A 0
North Africa 77,899
Northern America 9,461,012
Oceania 3,145,875
Sub- Saharan Africa 2,090,086
Asia 36,155,653
Latin America and the Caribbean 1,779,584
Business model
Region Business For profit Government Government organisation Independent N/A Non-profit Other University institute/center
Asia 5% 18% 6% 47% 4% 15%
Europe 6% 4% 7% 63% 3% 12%
Latin America and the Caribbean 2% 5% 67% 4% 20%
N/A 100%
No
North Africa 3% 3% 69% 10% 10%
Northern America 1% 0% 77% 1% 12%
Oceania 19% 2% 48% 31%
Sub- Saharan Africa 9% 6% 61% 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% 18%
Europe 2% 7% 56% 2% 2% 1% 3% 2% 3% 13%
Latin America and the Caribbean 2% 6% 67% 0% 2% 3% 3% 1% 17%
N/A 100%
No
North Africa 10% 59% 3% 3% 3% 7% 3%
Northern America 1% 68% 0% 0% 0% 21%
Oceania 1% 7% 44% 2% 1% 2% 3% 45%
Sub- Saharan Africa 2% 10% 66% 2% 6% 10% 1% 17%
Leaders and staff
Region Average staff size Average percentage of female staff Percentage of female leaders
Asia 225 10% 14%
Europe 52 16% 23%
Latin America and the Caribbean 36 23% 32%
N/A 7 3% 100%
No
North Africa 19 23% 17%
Northern America 42 13% 22%
Oceania 28 21% 18%
Sub- Saharan Africa 70 15% 29%
Gender of founder(s)
Region Female Male Male & Female
Asia 19% 69% 13%
Europe 17% 71% 13%
Latin America and the Caribbean 24% 56% 20%
N/A 50% 50% 0%
No
North Africa 19% 63% 19%
Northern America 15% 76% 9%
Oceania 14% 76% 10%
Sub- Saharan Africa 22% 61% 18%
Publications
Region Average publication number Average publication per staff
Asia 1,649 3
Europe 64 1
Latin America and the Caribbean 61 1
N/A 0 0
No
North Africa 66 2
Northern America 68 2
Oceania 55 2
Sub- Saharan Africa 45 2
Social media
Region Average Facebook likes Average Twitter followers Average YouTube subscribers Average LinkedIn followers Average Instagram followers Average Vimeo subscribers
Asia 8,864 17,732 8,576 6,397 3,830 26
Europe 11,950 12,252 3,276 6,063 3,042 76
Latin America and the Caribbean 16,030 27,112 2,172 19,503 12,113 0
N/A 462 120
No
North Africa 2,470 20,328 418 2,256 909
Northern America 31,779 60,364 10,105 7,210 11,259 33
Oceania 6,577 21,868 3,246 8,160 976 18
Sub- Saharan Africa 9,569 12,221 2,555 7,046 7,853