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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.

Promoting Development Discourse through Social Media

Jan 13

3:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 38 Embassy Road, G-6/3

(Concept Note)


Social media, in recent years, has proved to be a driving force in connecting people, sharing knowledge and empowering communities. At first, sustainability practitioners were slow to realize its real potential, but now it is being considered as one of the new discourse for sustainable development.

Social media carries a tremendous potential to bring change and transform societies. This was amply exhibited by examples ranging from the Arab spring to political activism in Pakistan; from protesting human rights violations to the condemnation of various social evils in society, and particularly maintaining the people’s watch on governance and corruption.

Hence in the form of social media, development community got a great opportunity to reach out to global audience, educate people, share ideas, get feedback, promote social innovation and collaborate and engage with others to make a positive difference in the world. But all these prospects are subject to technology and literacy as well.

So how to build a social media momentum for a sustainable development discourse? How to bring all development stakeholders together? How can social media change the way activists and NGOs campaign? What are the strategic dimensions essential for a change through social media? Successful social media interventions/practices for empowerment, knowledge sharing and innovation ? Is uncontrolled nature of social media creating any chaos or instability in the society? And if NGOs themselves are institutional structures, how do they stand to be influenced by social media and online networks?

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Chair: Ms Sadia Sharif, Policy Advocacy and Outreach Unit, SDPI


  1. Mr Raza Rumi, Senior Media Analysit
  2. Ms Shirin Gul, Digital anthropologist & social behavior analyst, Mindmap Communications
  3. Ms Amena Aly Kamaal, Founding Director Strategic Communications, Integrated Marketing and Public Relations, Mindmap Communications
  4. Dr Vaqar Ahmed, Deputy Executive Director, SDPI