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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.

Making Quality Education Accessible in Pakistan; a Social Accountability Perspective

Jul 25

10:30 am to 12:30 pm

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


  • Dr.Samina Qadir, Vice Chancellor, Fatima Jinnah Women University
  • Dr.Shehryar Toru, Research Fellow, Sustainable Development Policy Institute


(Concept Note)

Pakistan dedicates a little over two percent of its GDP for public
education. While earmarked resource pie for providing quality education
to the country’s children is clearly insufficient, many a times, even
this small amount of funds remain unspent, resulting lack of
infrastructure and poor education delivery. The biased division of
resources results in compromised standard of education for girls and
inhabitants of rural areas. On top of it is overly centralized public
education mechanism which gives little room to communities concerned to
play their role in attainment of quality education delivery.

In the given backdrop, the SDPI, in collaboration with ILM Ideas
attempted to strengthen and empower communities and sensitized them on
their fundamental democratic right of holding public education providers
and respective political leadership accountable. This accountability,
as practiced, is expected to bridge the governance, resource, and
infrastructure gaps in public education delivery.

Working with the communities, the SDPI sought to educate them on
importance of education, especially girls’ education. It promoted the
importance of community involvement in school governance, and social
responsibility of all to make it sure that no school-going aged child is
remained non-enrolled in the targeted districts. Moreover, through
advocacy activities, it realized the role communities can play to
improve quality of education being delivered to their children at the
public schools.

In the seminar on Friday, July 25, the respective research team at the
SDPI will share the results of its endeavor on building local education
accountability mechanisms for controlling teachers’ absenteeism, holding
school drop outs, increasing enrollment and curbing rural-urban and
gender gaps in public education. It will also throw light on how this
idea can be scaled up and replicated to other districts.