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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.

Better Water, Better Jobs: Envisioning a Sustainable Pakistan: World Water Day 2016

Mar 21

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

SDPI Seminar Hall, 38, Main Embassy road, G-6/3, Islamabad

Concept Note:

Water is a crucial necessity to sustain life on the Earth. It is an essential requirement which is used in agriculture, industry, and domestic chores. According to the UN estimates, about 1.5 billion people in the world are working in water-related sectors. The world is dependent mainly on rivers and groundwater resources to fulfil its requirements yet millions of people, who are engaged in water-related  professions are often not recognized or protected by the fundamental labour laws.

Every year, the World Water Day is celebrated on the 22nd of March to focus attention on the importance of water and water resources, particularly the freshwater.  The day aims to raise awareness and advocate for the sustainable management and use of water sources in addition to highlighting the required improvements in WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) facilities in the developing countries. The first World Water Day was held in 1993, and since onwards every year it focuses on a different theme. The UN and its member states devote this day for implementing the world body’s recommendations on water and promoting activities within the countries. Similarly, a number of nongovernmental organizations working on sustainable development issues commemorate the World Water Day to draw the world attention towards this critical and serious issue.

The theme for the World Water Day 2016 is “Water and Jobs” and it mainly focuses is on how the enough quantity and quality of water can change workers’ lives and livelihoods, and  can play a role in the transformation of societies and economies. This theme is highly relevant for Pakistan; with an estimated population of 192 million, the agriculture sector plays a major role in  the country’s economy, contributing to around 24% of the GDP and employing over 40% of the labour force. Additionally, unlike most of the developing countries where 70 to 80 per cent of freshwater resources are used in farming, Pakistan uses over 95% of the freshwater resources. Water use is not only limited to agricultural or domestic use, but it is also widely used in industry. According to estimates, 96% of the total amount of water drawn in Pakistan in 2000 was used in agriculture, 2% in industry and 2% for domestic use. A large number of people are also involved in non-agricultural water-based jobs, including fishing, forestry, factories, etc.  A large number of households, particularly in the least developed and rural areas, retrieve water for domestic use through water carriers: workers, who carry water from sources like canals and rivers and carry them for many miles on foot for household use.

Under the broad goal of PRISE, SDPI has initiated a research study on “Migration Futures: Climate Change and Climate Resilient Economic Development”. The study is designed to explore the varying levels of climate vulnerability that determine the migrant’s decision to move.

It aims to develop an understanding of climate-induced migration patterns and associated vulnerabilities and risks on livelihoods/food security, conflicts over natural resources and urbanization in the SALs through the analysis of socio-economic parameters. The broad goal of this project is to devise evidence-based adaptation options and inspire policies related to climate-induced migration factors that will build resilience of communities and safeguard natural resources to climate change.

Cotton sector is the backbone of Pakistan’s economy as it provides inputs to the textile sector, employs a huge proportion of human capital and is a major source of export earnings for the country. Being a thirsty crop, cotton crop is highly dependent on water. While cotton is largely produced on irrigated land in Pakistan, water management is the crucial element with respect to cotton production. Non-availability of water has caused significant damages to this crop in the past. It is, therefore, the need of the hour to focus on water conservation and management to ensure sustainable livelihoods and hence rapid economic growth.

International development agencies and governments need to promote decisions for the sustainable management of water resources, instead of treating water primarily as an economic commodity. Labour in South Asia needs to be given awareness for their rights on the use of water as well as for the management of water resources.  In this perspective, the World Water Day can be utilized as an excellent occasion for promoting this gigantic cause in the light of rising threats of global water scarcity and climate change.


  • Engr. Shamsul Mulk, Former Chairman WAPDA

  • Dr. Abid Q. Suleri, Executive Director SDPI
  • Dr. Imran S. Khalid, Research Fellow, SDPI
  • Dr. Fahad Saeed, Research Fellow, SDPI
  • Mr. Kashif Majeed Salik, Senior Research Associate, SDPI
  • Ms Simi Kamal, Chief of Party, Aurat Foundation
  • Engr. Naseer A. Gillani, Chief Water, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform


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