Ahmad Salim Resource Centre (ASRC) serves as an information base for multi-disciplinary research at the institute for general public, students, academia and the research scholars in the country and abroad. The center with 35,000 quality books, journals/Magazines and other documents is one of the biggest information resources in the entire development sector in Pakistan.
In addition digital files as well as online resources in the areas of development, environment, economic growth, education, gender, social sector agriculture and today hot topics like CPEC are available. There is an exclusive section for government data publications.
The Library facilitates local, regional and international journals and periodicals to subscribe/purchase to its publications. It receives more than 110 serials, including journals, periodicals, newsletters and weekly newspapers. Additional resources are available through Inter-Library Loan Programme and Publication Exchange Programme.
ASRC strives to provide information and knowledge to facilitate research and development on sustainable development issues in Pakistan. It has grown over the years evolving into an effective coherent mechanism of acquisition, processing, organization, creation and dissemination of information. It undertakes the following tasks:
To facilitate the academia and development sector in Pakistan, SDPI knowledge bank is going online. Now, the library can be accessed for downloading and retrieving research on different themes from across the world through subscription and registration. We are in process for Library portal (OPAC)
In order to enhance an access to information, the ASRC knowledge bank networks with national and regional thematically coherent organizations. The ASRC’s “Publication Exchange Program” has a fraternity of 100 organizations/Universities. Under this programme, SDPI publications are exchanged with books and other materials published by the partner organizations. The ASRC has a formal Inter-Library Loan arrangement with Pakistani libraries in Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore.
Besides, ASRC facilitates access to various databases (e.g. HEC Digital Library, got VPN from Comsats Library databases as well as E-Library Punjab, World Bank) and online journals, enabling the researchers to consult and compare their work with that of contemporary researchers of their relevant fields.
The Centre for Learning and Development (CLD) at SDPI is aimed at strengthening the capacities of civil society organizations, private sector organizations, academia, and policy research institutions for sustainable development. The Centre believes in participatory and interactive approaches for mutual learning about institutional capacities, building strategies for transforming human resources, applied research, and good governance to improve systems for durable solutions. Any activity aimed toward mutual learning helps to ensure a combination of knowledge management and action research through reflective learning experiences, which may or may not be successful. This is very important in how institutional leadership transforms learning processes for organizational capacity development to reflect improved results for the desired impacts.
The SDPI Centre for Learning and Development has achieved the unique status of transforming institutional leadership for quality enhancement through multi-dimensional learning methodologies. Effective assimilation techniques are part and parcel of SDPI’s learning and development programs. CLD has achieved another milestone by launching an international training program in collaboration with International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a premier Canadian Government supported Canadian Institute. CLD-SDPI is now an official partner of IDRC for conducting international training workshops on leadership, change management, impact evaluation, quality assurance, governance, and other relevant areas for the world’s top-ranked think tanks working across Southeast Asia and the Pacific Region.
Since its inception, till date, CLD has conducted more than 1500 training workshops, trained more than 15000 professionals in various categories from more than 650 development organizations, academia, research institutions, industry, and the corporate sector. Conducted many of customized workshops on research quality, faculty development, leadership, and team building, organizational performance, community development and change management, research and proposal writing, project management and impact evaluation, and many other relevant areas for research and academic institutions, as well as national, international and UN organizations, including, Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF), Australia, United States Educational Foundation, Pakistan (USEFP), British Council, DFID, USAID, UKAID, USAID, GIZ, UNESCO, UNODC, UNDP, UNICEF, and many other similar organizations. A brief summary of the relevant organization is attached in Annexures.
To be a centre of excellence in generating and disseminating research based knowledge to strengthen SDPI’s brand and to remain relevant to our beneficiaries.
To become a quality training organisation through a high performing team to contribute and for the successful attainment of SDPI’s mission.
To design, conduct and market at least 20 short training courses (generic, research based and specialized) every year by addressing the needs of potential clients.
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