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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 11.3%
Europe 16.9%
Latin America and the Caribbean 68.5%
North Africa 0%
Northern America 71.7%
Oceania 87.2%
Sub- Saharan Africa 5.5%
Age
Region Average think tank age
Asia 29
Europe 31
Latin America and the Caribbean 29
North Africa 24
Northern America 37
Oceania 31
Sub- Saharan Africa 27
Budget
Region Average budget (USD per year)
Latin America and the Caribbean 5,059,654
Asia 9,595,611
Europe 6,695,415
Northern America 25,822,017
Oceania 8,008,893
Sub- Saharan Africa 204,253
Business model
Region Business Government Non-profit Other University institute/center
Asia 2% 0% 23% 0% 0%
Europe 2% 1% 23% 0%
Latin America and the Caribbean 1% 3% 67% 3% 11%
North Africa
Northern America 0% 1% 89%
Oceania 45% 2% 49%
Sub- Saharan Africa 1% 1% 20% 1%
Affiliation
Region Government Independent International Organism Network Other Political party University
Asia 11% 28% 0% 0% 0% 5%
Europe 2% 30% 0% 0% 2% 7%
Latin America and the Caribbean 3% 65% 3% 2% 1% 14%
North Africa 14% 29%
Northern America 2% 69% 0% 20%
Oceania 6% 45% 4% 9% 32%
Sub- Saharan Africa 7% 23% 1% 2% 7%
Leaders and staff
Region Average staff size Average percentage of female staff Percentage of female leaders
Asia 66 38% 9%
Europe 39 49% 20%
Latin America and the Caribbean 33 51% 27%
North Africa
Northern America 48 56% 20%
Oceania 30 56% 7%
Sub- Saharan Africa 24 46% 32%
Gender of founder(s)
Region Female Male Male & Female
Asia 17% 76% 8%
Europe 13% 81% 6%
Latin America and the Caribbean 23% 59% 18%
North Africa
Northern America 12% 81% 7%
Oceania 13% 79% 8%
Sub- Saharan Africa 27% 55% 18%
Publications
Region Average publication number Average publication per staff
Asia 114 2
Europe 60 1
Latin America and the Caribbean 111 3
North Africa
Northern America 122 2
Oceania 185 6
Sub- Saharan Africa 19 1
Social media
Region Average Facebook likes Average Twitter followers Average YouTube subscribers Average LinkedIn followers Average Instagram followers Average Vimeo subscribers
Asia 7,053 8,824 370 202
Europe 15,763 8,721 6,164 668 274 58
Latin America and the Caribbean 11,754 20,311 958 4,687 1,025 14
North Africa 7,330
Northern America 30,338 58,376 4,042 1,657 7
Oceania 6,427 4,751 313 480 13
Sub- Saharan Africa 2,612 915