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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.

Right to Education and Social Accountability

Mar 12

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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

Recently, Pakistan
included Right to Education (RTE) in constitution through Article 25-A of the
18th amendment. The mere amendment to the constitution is just the
first step and it is now imperative to make efforts for making an Act for the
provision of this right and simultaneously work towards its implementation.
Experiences from South Asian countries suggest that increased participation of
people can push the governments in setting their priorities right and improving
the quality of public services delivery. This concept, formally known as
‘Social Accountability’, can be useful in attaining true implementation of
right to education and provision of quality education as well as ensuring
access to education regardless of gender and rural-urban gaps in Pakistan.
This seminar would feature a talk on social accountability in education, where
one speaker would share results of the Citizen Report Cards (CRCs), carried out
by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in two of the slums in
Islamabad (Alipur Farash and Hansa Colony). The findings of the CRC survey
highlight some crucial gaps that need immediate intervention. A brief
presentation on this project along with the role of ‘Social Accountability’ to
overcome mal governance and to improve the quality of service delivery,
particularly education, will be presented.
Another speaker will share the highlights of ‘Annual Status of Education Report
2011‘, focusing on aspects of inequality, quality and exclusions in education
sector and conclusive arguments that shall eventually translate into
affirmative action for 25 A– something that our nation and our children
desperately need. The speaker would talk on reasons children’s being out of
school, low enrolment in early childhood education, shockingly low learning
levels and why girls lagging behind boys in enrollment and learning levels in
ASER 2011 is an education household based predominantly rural survey with data
collected form 85 districts across Pakistan and almost 150,000 children giving
a holistic picture of the state of education in Pakistan in terms of enrolment,
learning levels, attendance, school facilities and so forth, and that too with
respect to gender, geography and age.


  • Mr. Zafarullah Khan, Executive
    Director, Centre for Civic Education Pakistan
  • Mr. Harris Khalique, Writer
  • Mr. Rafeel Wasif, Research
    Associate, Idara Taleem-o-Agahi (ITA)
  • Mr. Fayyaz Yaseen, Sustainable
    Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad