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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.

Armed Man Episode in Islamabad: Lessons Learnt in Crisis Management and Ethical Media Practices

Aug 19

3:00 pm to 3:00 pm

SDPI, 38, Main Embassy Road, G-6/3, Islamabad


  • Syed Kamal Shah, Former Secretary Interior, Government of Pakistan
  • Mr. Afzal Ali Shigri, former Inspector General of Police
  • Mr. Ejaz Haider, Senior Security Analyst and Anchor Capital TV
  • Dr. Moeed Pirzada, Renowned?Anchor and Editor World Affairs, Waqt News
Note: Entry is open to all. You may confirm your participation through email or phone .The event can also be watched live at ??

(Concept Note)

The incident, involving an armed man at Jinnah Avenue in Islamabad?on Thursday?has raised several questions regarding the crisis response mechanisms in our cities, capabilities of law enforcement agencies and especially the way terror episode was televised live to masses.


The seminar seeks to analysis the role played by various stakeholders and the way forward based on lessons learnt. Some of the key question that seminar would try to touch upon includes;

  • Do we have crisis response mechanisms in our cities to deal with multifaceted crises, emergencies and terror incidents and what went wrong on this specific incident? Is our police prepared, trained and equipped to deal with modern challenges and host of other contingencies? Was our command and control structures well emplaced and did it performed effectively in this specific episode?
  • How news channels must report during emergencies/crisis situations? How did live coverage created hindrance for security forces in this operation? Ethical consideration of televising acts of terrorism, providing airtime to miscreants and the fine line between giving news and exploiting crisis situations? What?s the role of PEMRA in situations like this?
  • And lastly, what is civic education and are the citizens aware of their responsibilities?