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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.

ICTs for ALL: Pakistan Vision-2015

Feb 27

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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

The last decade has seen information and communication
technologies (ICT) dramatically transforming the world, enabling innovation and
productivity increases, connecting people and communities, and improving
standards of living as well as opportunities across the globe. While changing
the way individuals live, interact, and work, ICT has also proven to be a key
precondition for enhanced competitiveness and economic and societal
modernization, as well as an important instrument for bridging economic and social
divides and reducing poverty.

The extraordinary achievements of ICT has made it
possible to look forward and imagine the next transformations enabled by
ICT—transformations 2.0. The pace of technological advance is accelerating and
ICT is increasingly becoming a ubiquitous and intrinsic part of people’s
behaviours and social networks as well as of business practices and government
functioning and services.

Although Pakistan
has achieved some tangible progress in the areas of teledensity, internet
growth, computer and mobile phone usage etc but still it remains far behind the
international standards in understanding and implementing ICTs for development
in the areas such as health, education, agriculture, and national integration.
While world has moved from E-Government to Mobile Government and from ICT for
development to ICT-enabled transformations like Internet banking, Building
communities around digital highways, ICT’s growing impact on poverty reduction,
ICT for an effective social strategy, Localization 2.0 etc, Pakistan has not
been able to effectively use ICT in development projects involving huge public
money despite being part of a number of international initiatives such as MDGs,
WSIS and others.

ICTs also have built-in capacities to enable the
developing societies to bridge the development gap on a fast track pace. During
the recent years, a number of developing countries have shown remarkable pace
of progress using the vehicle of ICT4D. Pakistan
has a huge potential and can still take advantage of ICT revolution in
development process if it makes a road map about the use of ICTs for all in the
areas of education, health, agriculture and governance.

today, remains at a crossroads but can still recover from the damage done in
past due to its slow progress on this very important aspect in development. The
country can catch up with developing world if some best international practices
of using ICTs for Development (ICT4D) are applied under a joint action campaign
by all relevant stakeholders.





Chair: Brig (Retd.) Mohammad Yasin, SDPI Senior Advisor, Center for Capacity Building (CCB) and Study Group on Information Technology and Telecommunication

Mr Ammar Jaffri, Former
Additional Director General, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), and Renowned
ICT Professional, Islamabad