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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.

Local Bodies Elections and the Vote-Exchange: Implications for Democratic Decentralization

Oct 30

3:00AM to 05:00pm

38, Street No: 86 Embassy Road,G-6/3, Islamabad Pakistan

 We argue that holding election, increasing polling ratio, and/or running party based elections do not suffice and may not restore benefits attached with decentralization and that the basic criteria of success of decentralization is the pivot on which votes are polled…

With the advent of 21st century, a new consensus on political democracy emerged and consolidated around the globe.  Aligning to the global position, developing countries moved to the representative forms of government. Noticeably however, the character of democracy, political contestation and voting practices in developing countries remain markedly dissimilar to those practiced in and advocated by developed states. It stretches to the consensus that the transformation towards participatory mode of ruling in developing countries, initially, was an outcome of the hurried attempts by authoritarian states to exhaust the accumulated anger of the sections of population previously disenfranchised. Arguably, taking of the decentralization road in Pakistan was the prerogative of an authoritarian dictatorship to gain legitimacy through building clientelistic networks at grass roots level. The divergences in demands of devolution and objectives of governments have de-politicized the whole process of devolution and seriously undermine the consolidations of democratic politics at local levels. The concerns on the democratic participation, however, earn a serious consideration if the vote is exchanged for short run (immediate) personal gains at the cost of collective gain of the society/community.  Against this backdrop, we look into dynamics of political associations underlying the voting patterns for local governments.



1)Dr. Sajid Amin JavedResearch Fellow SDPI

2)Asad Ur RehmanProject Associate SDPI

Panelists :

1) Dr. Khawaja Idrees, Head School of Public Policy, PIDE. (Academia)

2) Mr. Amir Khan Goraya, Head Democratic Governance Unit, UNDP (NGO/Civil Society)

3) Advocate Aftab Alam, (Media law and Policy Expert)

4) Iftikhar Sherazi  (Dawn News)

5) Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam(Parliamentarian)

5) Dr Zubair Iqbal (Policy Researcher associated, Bahria University) 

Dr. Sajid Amin Javed

Asad Ur Rehman