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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.

Acceptance and Opportunities for Transgenders in Pakistan

Feb 3

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 38 Embassy Road, G-6/3

(Concept Note)


Pakistan is home to a population of over a million and a half transgenders (also called khwaja-sira and hirjra in the local language). Historically speaking, khawaja-siras were respected as caretakers of royal harems, masters of art and culture, and trusted as messengers, watchmen and guardians. Contemporary transgenders now live on the margins of the society as entertainers, beggars and sex workers. Hijras are vulnerable in Pakistan because of widespread un-acceptance by the society. In most cases, these people remain extermemly vulnerable and secluded from the society and are often repulsed by their own family members. They are consequently faced to join their contermporiries in closely-knit communities of hijras as disciples (chela) under gurus (as experienced elders in their community are usually called) (Claire Pamment, 2010).


Continued discrimination and repulsion for the transgender community has left them in poverty and other chronic social evils. They continue to be deprived of basic human rights in Pakistan, including respectable access to services like education, health and job opportunities. Discrimination against them is not structural to a society but largely rooted in how they are perceived as equal members of the society. In most cases, they are widely ridiculed and grossly mocked at even if they try to make efforts towards a decent living for themselves.


In this context, the SDPI has organized a special seminar on the said subject, inviting a successful member from the transgender community to share perspectives on the continued difficulties faced by transgenders in Pakistan. The seminar will focus on societal bottlenecks preventing their acceptance in social life in Pakistan. The seminar will also be important in raising awareness with regards to human rights and access to basic services for transgenders as equal citizens in the country.


The event can also be watched live at

Chair: Ms Sadia Sharif, Policy Advocacy and Outreach Unit, SDPI


·         Ms Almas Boby, President, Transgender Foundation, Pakistan

·         Ms Rifee khan, Representative from, Gender Interactive Alliance, Pakistan

·         Mr Aslam Khaki, Advocate 

·         Ms Gulnaz Nisar Bhutta, Communication and Advocacy Officer, Care International

·         Ms Seemi Farman, Research Associate, SDPI 

·         Ms Mome Saleem, Research Coordinator, SDPI