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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.

Forests, Livelihoods and Power Relations in North-West Pakistan (Book Launch)

Apr 15

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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

Natural forests of Pakistan in general and those of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province in particular are under heavy pressure. The subject book takes a social science perspective to identify and analyze some main factors responsible for depletion of natural forests of KP. Forests supply various important resources such as timber, firewood, and forest soil for utilization in agricultural activities, ecological functions, pasture areas, etc. A social science perspective reminds us that some social groups may be interested in specific forest-based resources. Others may also be interested in the same, and thus compete for these resources, while still others may even like to prevent the use of a specific resource. Thus, the use of forests has considerable potential for social conflicts – this book proposes to specifically analyze these conflicts to find explanations for continued overexploitation of forests in KP. With this, it also proposes to go beyond more traditional explanations of deforestation such as population pressure or ignorance.


The insights presented in this book mainly emerged through a research study conducted by the Pakistan Research Group of the Switzerland-based National Center for Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South.  Other researchers with expertise in the area of forests, livelihoods and power relations, have contributed to the book as well. The book launch seminar will highlight key recommendations and policy implications. You are cordially invited to attend.



·         MNA Marriyum Aurangzeb, Pakistan Muslim League-N

·         Mr. Arbab Shahrukh, Secretary Environment, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

·         Mr. Nasir Mehmood, Inspector General Forests, Government of Pakistan

·         Dr. Babar Shahbaz, Visiting Fellow, SDPI and Assistant Professor, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad

·         Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI

·         Dr. Urs Geiser, Senior Researcher, Department of Geography, University of Zurich


The event can also be watched live at: 

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