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Global statistics

A selection of data and charts using the directory database

Topics covered

Here you will find the topics that think tanks focus on and which are more popular by region. See FAQs section for details on topics and other variables. You can also see other charts based on: You can also download the full dataset and explore all the data available.
Worldwide
Social policy
1,418 
Trade/Economics/Finance
1,239 
Governance/Transparency
1,218 
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
1,184 
Law/Justice/Human rights
953 
International affairs/Development
873 
Education
667 
Defence/Peace/Security
655 
Health
499 
Technology/Innovation
438 
Food/Agriculture
422 
Gender
418 
Private sector development
385 
Media/Culture/Sport
307 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 226
Children focus
 91
Asia
Social policy
376 
Trade/Economics/Finance
360 
Governance/Transparency
336 
International affairs/Development
252 
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
228 
Defence/Peace/Security
195 
Law/Justice/Human rights
192 
Education
155 
Media/Culture/Sport
134 
Private sector development
130 
Food/Agriculture
101 
Gender
100 
Health
93 
Technology/Innovation
91 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 40
Children focus
 33
Europe
Social policy
574 
Governance/Transparency
473 
Trade/Economics/Finance
457 
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
416 
Law/Justice/Human rights
385 
International affairs/Development
343 
Defence/Peace/Security
232 
Education
219 
Technology/Innovation
202 
Health
150 
Gender
145 
Private sector development
133 
Media/Culture/Sport
118 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 104
Food/Agriculture
 88
Children focus
 7
Latin America and the Caribbean
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
238 
Social policy
196 
Law/Justice/Human rights
180 
Governance/Transparency
168 
Trade/Economics/Finance
139 
Education
120 
Food/Agriculture
89 
Gender
87 
Health
66 
Defence/Peace/Security
65 
International affairs/Development
63 
Private sector development
 45
Technology/Innovation
 42
Children focus
 27
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 20
Media/Culture/Sport
 15
North Africa
Trade/Economics/Finance
11 
Social policy
11 
Private sector development
Governance/Transparency
Defence/Peace/Security
Law/Justice/Human rights
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
International affairs/Development
Health
Food/Agriculture
Education
Children focus
Gender
Technology/Innovation
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 2
Media/Culture/Sport
 1
Northern America
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
194 
Trade/Economics/Finance
182 
International affairs/Development
156 
Social policy
149 
Law/Justice/Human rights
148 
Governance/Transparency
140 
Health
118 
Defence/Peace/Security
115 
Education
106 
Food/Agriculture
65 
Technology/Innovation
63 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 39
Private sector development
 35
Gender
 29
Media/Culture/Sport
 22
Oceania
Social policy
47 
Trade/Economics/Finance
29 
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
28 
Governance/Transparency
20 
Law/Justice/Human rights
17 
Health
17 
International affairs/Development
16 
Education
16 
Defence/Peace/Security
14 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
10 
Gender
 9
Food/Agriculture
 9
Media/Culture/Sport
 9
Private sector development
 8
Technology/Innovation
 5
Children focus
 1
Sub- Saharan Africa
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
73 
Governance/Transparency
72 
Food/Agriculture
65 
Social policy
65 
Trade/Economics/Finance
61 
Health
50 
Education
47 
Gender
45 
International affairs/Development
36 
Technology/Innovation
32 
Defence/Peace/Security
26 
Private sector development
25 
Law/Justice/Human rights
24 
Children focus
20 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 11
Media/Culture/Sport
 8