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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.

Training: Community Leaders for Peace Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir

Jul 17 - Jul 21

9:00AM to 4:30PM

SDPI, Islamabad

Gilgit-Baltistan
and Azad Jammu & Kashmir:

Pakistan
is confronted with multiple social, environmental and economic issues. These
issues are causing chaos in the society hence creating unprecedented conflict
situations. Moreover, lack of equal resource distribution is creating dividing
lines between social classes, provinces, and majority and minority groups. The
dividing lines are increasing with the involvement of secondary actors and
spoilers. Misconceptions and lack of proper handling of the conflict situation
is giving rise to violence hence threatening the social life in the country.
Terrorism, target killings, and bomb blasts are some of the reactions of the
social disparities. These add to the existing external threats that are posed
to the country at large.

Government
alone has failed to combat the crisis situation in the country. Joint actions
are needed to be taken in order to procure peace and security in Pakistan.
Keeping in view the deteriorating peace and security situation there is a dire
need to provoke and involve stakeholders along with government to ensure
tranquility in the country.? These
stakeholders include Political Parties, Religious Scholars, Minority Leaders,
Government Institutions, Civil Society, Advocates, Cooperate and Business
Sector. The role of these stakeholders is not only limited to the country but
has a ripple effect on the security situation in the region.

SDPI
organized and facilitated six 5-day training workshops for 125 local leaders
from twenty five districts of Pakistan. Four of these trainings were conducted
in provincial capitals and two in Federal Capital Islamabad.

These
selected local leaders were invited to go through a process of dialogue and
cooperative action during these trainings on peacebuilding and were imparted
with the following set of skills:

  • Conflict analysis tools that will
    enable them to understand each other?s positions and interests vis-?-vis
    conflict situations at the local level
  • Non-adversarial advocacy,
    mediation, facilitation and dialogue tools that will enable them to play a
    positive and constructive role in building peace in their communities
  • Effective advocacy, communication
    skills, behavioral change and communication strategy?
  • Leadership skills to build
    relationships with media and to constructively participate in radio, TV
    talkshows and to lead community activities locally i.e. district peace
    forums.
  • Theories
    of leadership, role identification , key competencies, role switching,
    negotiation skills and working in diverse cultural groups