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Global statistics

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 9,974,450
North Africa 80,386
Northern America 9,733,098
Oceania 15,669,700
Sub- Saharan Africa 1,017,652
Asia 83,414,772
Latin America and the Caribbean 2,173,344
Business model
Region Business For profit Government Government organisation Independent N/A Non-profit Other University institute/center
Asia 6% 19% 11% 47% 4% 15%
Europe 5% 5% 8% 66% 4% 13%
Latin America and the Caribbean 3% 5% 1% 68% 4% 19%
N/A
No
North Africa 3% 7% 10% 70% 10% 10%
Northern America 1% 0% 9% 77% 1% 13%
Oceania 15% 2% 49% 1% 33%
Sub- Saharan Africa 10% 6% 3% 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% 25% 49% 1% 1% 7% 2% 1% 2% 17%
Europe 3% 8% 58% 2% 2% 8% 3% 3% 4% 14%
Latin America and the Caribbean 3% 5% 65% 1% 2% 2% 3% 3% 1% 17%
N/A
No
North Africa 13% 57% 3% 3% 10% 3% 7% 3%
Northern America 0% 1% 68% 0% 9% 0% 0% 21%
Oceania 4% 7% 45% 1% 2% 1% 4% 43%
Sub- Saharan Africa 1% 10% 69% 1% 3% 2% 9% 2% 15%
Leaders and staff
Region Average staff size Average percentage of female staff Percentage of female leaders
Asia 260 33% 15%
Europe 53 37% 23%
Latin America and the Caribbean 45 52% 36%
N/A
No
North Africa 63 36% 14%
Northern America 43 38% 22%
Oceania 77 41% 17%
Sub- Saharan Africa 24 42% 26%
Gender of founder(s)
Region Female Male Male & Female
Asia 19% 68% 13%
Europe 17% 69% 13%
Latin America and the Caribbean 24% 56% 20%
N/A
No
North Africa 18% 65% 18%
Northern America 15% 76% 9%
Oceania 14% 75% 11%
Sub- Saharan Africa 23% 60% 17%
Publications
Region Average publication number Average publication per staff
Asia 794 2
Europe 55 1
Latin America and the Caribbean 49 1
N/A
No
North Africa 98 1
Northern America 62 1
Oceania 47 2
Sub- Saharan Africa 35 1
Social media
Region Average Facebook likes Average Twitter followers Average YouTube subscribers Average LinkedIn followers Average Instagram followers Average Vimeo subscribers
Asia 9,025 18,076 6,613 8,409 6,865 26
Europe 12,226 12,728 3,430 9,535 5,394 80
Latin America and the Caribbean 16,713 27,691 2,708 13,085 20,451 0
N/A
No
North Africa 3,283 18,353 521 3,964 8,159
Northern America 34,204 62,057 11,346 10,910 14,253 33
Oceania 7,298 26,030 3,644 17,246 1,457 18
Sub- Saharan Africa 8,450 11,132 3,592 11,930 11,134