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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.

Occupation amid the pandemic; India’s atrocities in Kashmir

Jun 2

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is an independent, non-profit organization. SDPI has been working extensively to help public officials and stakeholders to respond to the opportunities and challenges to cope up global political economy, diplomacy, climate change, terrorism, violence, global changing power dynamics, strategic realigning and others. Working on an issue that is often polarized and politicized, SDPI provides a forum for objective research, analysis and for the development of pragmatic policies and solutions.

As India imposed a lockdown across its territory amid the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the occupied territory of Jammu & Kashmir, where the lockdown imposed since August 2019 was only part relaxed, was plunged into a lockdown again. The costs of the lockdown have been higher for the people of Kashmir as the world may have retorted to internet in the global crises Kashmiris were not just deprived of the access but also the occupational forces have found an opportunity in the crises to further their control in the valley.

Authorities are cracking down hard on dissent, doctors demanding personal protection equipment are threatened and molested. Journalists are charged under anti-terrorism laws.  Crackdowns on civilian settlements continues leaving the helpless population on their own to battle mental traumas, personal losses and the pandemic. In view of the current situation in Kashmir in midst of the outbreak of COVID-19, SDPI desires to organize a special video conference to discuss the situation on ground and play its role in voicing the genuine concerns of the Kashmiri population.


  • Ms. Ather Zia: a Kashmiri political anthropologist, poet, and author, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at the University of Northern Colorado.
  • Ms. Ruwa Shah: is a student of cinema and TV in Turkey. She previously worked as a journalist in India with organizations including the Hindustan Times IANS and the Indian Express.
  • Ms. Farzana Yaqoob: Founding Member of the Asia Institute of Public Policy and is a Policy Advisor for AGAHI. She formerly served as Minister for Social Welfare and Women Development in Azad Jammu and Kashmir Assembly
  • Mr. Altaf Hussain Wani: Human Rights Activist, Chairman at Kashmir Institute of International Relations, Permanent Representative International Islamic Federation of Students Organizations to UN, Geneva.
  • Dr. Khurshid Ahmed: Project Director Islamabad Medical and Dental College hailing from Sopore.