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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.

SDPI 20th Anniversary Celebration

Jan 1 - Dec 31

9.00am to 5:30PM

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

Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is now in its 20th year ……

SDPI was founded in
August 1992 on the recommendation of the Pakistan National Conservation
Strategy (NCS), also called Pakistan’s
Agenda 21. The NCS placed Pakistan’s
socio-economic development within the context of a national environmental plan.
This highly acclaimed document, approved by the Federal Cabinet in March 1992,
outlined the need for an independent non-profit organization to serve as a source
of expertise for policy analysis and development, policy intervention, and
policy and program advisory services.

SDPI Mandate

  • Conduct policy advice, policy oriented research and
    advocacy from a broad multi-disciplinary perspective.
  • Promote the implementation of policies, programs,
    laws and regulations based on sustainable development.
  • Strengthen civil society and facilitate civil
    society-government interaction through collaboration with other
    organizations and activist networks.
  • Disseminate research findings and public education
    through the media, conferences, seminars, lectures, publications and
    curricula development.
  • Contribute to building up national research capacity
    and infrastructure.

SDPI Goals

  • Catalyze the transition towards sustainable and just
    development in Pakistan.
  • Serve as a source of expertise and advisory services
    for the government, private sector, and non-governmental initiatives
    supporting the implementation of Pakistan’s environment and
    development agenda.
  • Conduct policy-oriented research on sustainable
    development from a broad multi-disciplinary perspective.
  • Provide policy advice on matters relating to the
    mission of the Institute.
  • Contribute to strengthening the social and physical
    infrastructure for research in Pakistan.
  • Initiate, establish and participate in collaborative
    advocacy and other activities with like-minded organizations in and
    outside the country.

SDPI provides:

  • Policy advice to government
  • A forum for policy dialogue
  • Support to in-house, visiting and external
  • Publications for research, public and private sector
  • A conduit for North South dialogue
  • An environment for information dissemination and
  • A base for regional advocacy and networking

SDPI Focus
The research program at SDPI drives the three main activities of policy advice,
advocacy/networking and training in the following areas:

Climate Change, Environment,
Chemicals/Sustainable Industrial Development, Human Development, Globalization,
Local Livelihoods, Food Security, Economy, Labor, Gender & others


SDPI 20th Anniversary celebrations are intended mainly
to highlight the institute achievements by holding a number of academic and
networking activities spread over 12 months of the SDPI 20th year –