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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.

COVID-19 vaccination and the difficulties ahead

Mar 11

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

COVID vaccination is a buzz word these days. Governments across the world are prioritizing doctors, health workers and elderly people for vaccination since they are more vulnerable to catch the disease. Pakistan has so far received half a million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, Sinopharm, donated by China which is currently being used to vaccinate health staff. However, there is still no arrangements for the general citizens, as there are a lot of technical and financial difficulties are involved in case Pakistan launches a mass scale drive for vaccination. The government is, however, encouraging private sector to purchase vaccine from international medicine companies so that at least those, who can afford, can be vaccinated.
Meanwhile, a second wave of pandemic has lapped around, which is more dangerous in the sense that it is much difficult to get an early control over it. Scientists are still in the phase of learning as to how they can contain the spread of the pandemic whereas access to vaccine is an issue for the developing countries like Pakistan. Owing to our poor economic conditions, we are on the mercy of donors. To overcome these issues, there is a dire need to think over the following questions.

  • What should we do in times of difficulties to access the vaccination facility?
  • What strategy Pakistan needs to devise in this regard?
  • Should Pakistan wait for the World Health Organization or the countries like China for a free of cost provision of the vaccine?

To discuss all these issues along with those related to the vaccination in times of difficulties, SDPI is organizing an online webinar titled: COVID-19 Vaccination and the Difficulties Ahead, on Thursday under its policy tagline campaign “No one is safe unless everyone is safe.”

Moderator: Dr. Abid Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI


  • Rana Jawad Asghar; Chief Executive Officer, Global Health Strategists and Implementers, Islamabad
  • Dr. Shahzad Ali Khan; H.o.D Public Health, Health Services Academy, Islamabad
  • Dr. Mumtaz Ali Khan; National Focal Person for Infection Prevention and Control, Islamabad.