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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.

MDGS: ISSUES FOR THE FUTURE IN PAKISTAN

Pakistan’s experience with MDGs, like most developing countries, remains mixed. The country is ahead or on track to achieve several targets related to women, health and the environment. These include targets such as proportion of women in parliament, availability of female health workers, children with access to ORT, HIV and TB indicators, use of CNG and land area for wildlife protection. However, there are many indicators on which Pakistan lags — unfortunately, Pakistan is off-track in one of the most important indicators, namely, infant mortality.

There seems to be a clear disconnect between the macro and micro economic performance in the country. For example, while education and health coverage has improved in absolute terms, there is still a decline in medium and long run economic growth rates. Similarly, while allocations towards education and health have increased, disbursement (relative to GDP) has declined. Further, rising per capita incomes are not matched by increasing access to basic services.

Pakistan’s limited success with meeting the MDG can be attributed to uncoordinated implementation, lack of local capacity in terms of human and financial resources, affecting service delivery, and dearth of fiscal discipline, contributing towards diversion of pro-poor expenditures into other uses. This is evidenced by recent cuts in public sector development programs in education and health and fund diversion towards short term cash-based social safety nets and to elected representatives for discretionary spending in their own constituencies. Further, the past list of MDGs was not comprehensive enough to address the challenges faced by Pakistan. Issues that were severely neglected include food security, climate change and a comprehensive strategy for youth engagement. As the government decides to embrace the post-2015 development agenda, new goals should focus on local level governance, accountability measures at all administrative tiers, and pro-poor investments. Measures that trace community abilities that demand and use of social services could also be tracked.

This article was originally published at: SANDEE Newsletter, Nepal, No. 25 / Spring 2013

The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint or stance of SDPI.