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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.

Center for Learning & Development

Established in 1998 to trainings to public and private sector organisations

The Centre has trained 12,000 individuals so far and continues to deliver more trainings to build capacity

Partner Organizations

Specialized Trainings

ADBI-SDPI Joint Workshop on Economic and Social Impacts of Infrastructure Projects: Workshop on Methods and Case Studies

  • Management Skills
  • Project Cycle Management
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning [MEAL]
  • Project Proposal Writing
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making Skills
  • The Art of Report Writing
  • Advanced MS Office for Professionals
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Projects
  • Leading and Managing High Performing Teams for Senior Executives
  • Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilizatio
  • Stress Management
  • Writing Funding Proposal for Research Projects
  • Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Project Management Using LFA
  • Financial Management for Program Managers
  • SPSS

Customized Trainings

  • Interpersonal Communication Skills – Save the Children
  • REDO + Carbon Stock Assessment for Forrest Department Gilgit Baltistan
  • Advanced MS Excel
  • Advance Teaching Skills and Methodologies for Fed Hollows Foundation MLECP Trainers
  • Communication and Presentation Skills – Food and Agriculture Organization
  • Capacity Building workshop for the faculty of FHF Partner Training Institute (PICO & PIO)
  • A TOT for FHF Partner Institute (COAVS) – Lahore


Mohammad Yasin

Senior Advisor, SDPI for Capacity Building

Center for Learning & Development

Shahid Minhas

Training Manager

Center for Learning & Development

Sadia Satti

Training Assistant

Center for Learning & Development



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.

In House Capacity Building

In order to build the capacity of SDPI’s young researchers, interns and volunteers as well as other senior staff member, CLD conducted and facilitated workshops on:

  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Essentials for Learning and Development Professional
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Adobe Photoshio and Designing
  • Managing Qualitative research with NVIVO
  • Writing Skills for Rapporteurs

The Center has an ongoing, comprehensive evaluation process for its trainings to improve quality and identify if the participants achieved the desired goals. Participants, at the end of each workshop, rate each module and give their candid comments on the content, quality and usefullness of exercises and group work.
The second stage of training evaluation is conducted four months after training through on-job post-training assessment forms. The participants are encouraged to express their views on how the training has helped them in carrying out their jobs