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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.

Policy Symposium on Social Enterprise in Pakistan Challenges and Way forward

Feb 10

9:00:00AM to 2:00PM

Marriott Hotel Islamabad

Concept Note:
Pakistan is currently facing a demographic youth bulge with a majority of the population under the age of 30 years. The rising underemployment and unemployment levels in the country portray a dreary picture for socio-economic engagement of the youth of Pakistan.  It is imperative that the opportunity of capitalising on the potential of a large young population is not lost and that spaces are created for young people to develop their talents and ideas into something impactful.

Social enterprise and related concepts of social entrepreneurship and social innovation present an ideal opportunity for young people in Pakistan to build innovative ideas into businesses and at the same time, contribute positively to society by addressing some of the critical development challenges faced by the country.

The concept of social enterprises is gaining in popularity around the world, indeed South Asia has been a pioneer in developing the social enterprise movement. In many parts of the world including the UK, the social enterprise sector is an integral part of the economy. Developing a robust and vibrant social enterprise sector can contribute to addressing some of  the  most  pressing  development  challenges  whilst  contributing  to  inclusive  economic growth.

The  role  of  government  in  developing  an  effective  enabling  environment  for  social enterprises to thrive is critical in accelerating the development of the sector. Creating an enabling environment for the development of a social enterprise sector requires policy and regulatory support. In view of the above mentioned Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and British Council aim to host dialogue which brings out key challenges faced by social enterprises in Pakistan. This dialogue will be informed by research undertaken by SDPI.

Day 1:

Welcome Address:
  • Abid Q. Suleri, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute
  • Jim Booth, Deputy Country Director, British Council Pakistan
Chief Guest and Chair:
  • Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms

  • Vaqar Ahmed, Deputy Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute

Distinguished Panellists:
  • Ahmed Qadir, Director General, Competition Commission of Pakistan
  • Saqib Siddiqui ,  General Manager Sector Development , Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund
  • Sheharyar Tahir, Head, External Relations, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority  
  • Sadaf Mahmood, Enterprise Development Strategist, Seed Ventures

  • Marvi Memon, Chairperson, Benazir Income Support Programme 
  • Moderator: Tristan Ace, British Council
Distinguished Panellists:   
  • Dan Gregory, Head of Policy, Social Enterprise, United Kingdom
  • Mohini Bhatia, Development Finance Specialist, World Bank, India
  • Ehon Chan, Executive Director, Social Entrepreneurship, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre 
  • Faheem-ul-Islam, Member Private Sector Development,  Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms
Day 2

  • Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman, Higher Education Commission, Pakistan
Distinguished Panellists:   
  • Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed,  Director, Social Innovations Lab 
  • Kamran Shams, Member Board of Directors,  Akhuwat Foundation
  • Mian Waqas Masud, Director, Fazal Industries, Islamabad
  • Nadia Tahir, Professor,  Department of Management Sciences, Bahria University