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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.

Life After COVID-19: Are we ready to opt for a new normal

Mar 1

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Concept Note:

The world is gradually adopting the ‘New Normal’ after COVID-19 has hit the socio-economic life of people.  Believing that this new virus will remain with us for more years, we need to adopt mask-wearing, physical distancing, tele-working/remote working, and hand washing/sanitizing as part of everyday life. Some of the very fundamental questions that need to be discussed in this regard are:

  • What is this ‘new normal’ and why is it necessary to adopt it as early as possible?
  • Do we have the capacity and infrastructure to opt this ‘new normal’?
  • How much efforts are required to adopt this habit?

In Pakistan, we are almost one year into the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, the country falls into the category of those which are less impacted as compared to the developed world like the US, UK, and the European nations. A big population of the country still does not realize the severity of this pandemic. Only a small pocket has the realization. However, the biggest challenge is to adopt this new normal in our daily habits.

A collective thinking of the government, private sector, civil society, media, academia, and professional groups can make people realize the urgency to opt this new normal, which according to WHO, “can be a stepping-stone to a new future, with benefits of other health issues, far beyond the response to COVID-19.”

To understand as to what measures Pakistan should take to and what is the responsibility of general citizenry, and what our professional groups like media, academia, lawyers, doctors, trade chambers, and civil society members can do in this regard, SDPI is initiating an online webinar titled: Life after COVID-19: Are we ready to opt for a new normal, on Monday under its policy tag line campaign “No one is safe unless everyone is safe.”

Moderator: Dr. Abid Suleri, Executive Director SDPI


    • Mr. Hamza Shafqaat; Deputy Commissioner Islamabad
    • Mr. Mosharraf Zaidi; Journalist, Development Practitioner
    • Dr. Nousheen Hamid ; Member National Assembly, Parliamentary Secretary Ministry of National Health