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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

CASE STUDY: Sustainable Development Television in review
By: Maryam Shabbir Abbasi
To whom should we disseminate our research? Audiences can be policymakers, a particular community, academia and/or the private sector. Engaging each stakeholder group requires a different strategy. For example, to engage a policymaker, the think tank needs to be credible and support its recommendations with robust evidence. Policymakers need non-technical one-pagers. Academia on the other hand, may best be engaged through a detailed report or research paper. But how can think tanks engage the public at large? The conventional way to engage the public is through articles, research papers, policy briefs and working papers. However, technological advancements have introduced many more effective and efficient tools, especially social media and mainstream digital media.
The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) has a unique way of engaging the public with its web-based Sustainable Development Television (SDTV). Engaging people in the online world, where there is a lot of information and people barely have time to open and read, is not an easy task. However, the trick is to create a niche. SDTV’s niche is short clips and videos on sustainable development. When we say short, we are talking less than five minutes to get across our message without losing the research’s credibility. Once people are engaged, they can opt to explore further. That is where longer videos and documentaries come in handy.
SDTV provides production services, which include short video packages, documentaries and talk shows, to its valued viewers. Through its seasoned staff, SDTV is busy providing quality services from pre-production (i.e. finalising the story board to scripting and field work) to post production (i.e. final editing). SDTV reflects SDPI’s drive to operate as a dynamic organisation. Through its web-TV, SDPI reaches out to wider groups, including public and private sector, legislators, policymakers, experts, researchers, students and academia, civil society, media and professionals.
Through its innovative and forward-looking approach, SDTV also provides live streaming and broadcasting services to its valued customers for greater outreach and advocacy and public engagement. Those who couldn’t join us physically at our events can watch them live on SDTV. Our stakeholders not only include students but also researchers, policymakers and academia. SDPI’s annual sustainable development conference (December 2018) had 2,942 viewers from 26 countries including Afghanistan, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, UK and US!
The research video packages focus on energy, trade, environment, climate change, the China-Pakistan economic corridor, bilateral relations, gender, health, education, economy and other issues of sustainable development. Videos are uploaded to the website, YouTube, and social media including Facebook and Twitter. Hence, the final product is disseminated to a wider audience.

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