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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.

The Nation

Published Date: Mar 26, 2021

CAREC Institute organises virtual dialogue under CTTN

LAHORE-The Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Institute – a knowledge arm of the CAREC Programme – organized a virtual dialogue under the CAREC Think Tank Network (CTTN) to encourage regional perspectives and raise the critical role of think tanks in bridging the gap between knowledge and policy. CAREC is an inter-governmental forum representing 11 countries – Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The think-tanks represented at the dialogue included Center for China and Globalization (CCG), PRC Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Japan, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan, Economic Research Institute (ERI), Mongolia, Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Azerbaijan, United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and the CAREC Institute, PRC. The participants agreed that to remain relevant in an increasingly noisy and challenging operational environment, think tanks need to produce topical, timely, and user-friendly analysis that is “in the right form, in the right hands, at the right time.” The COVID-19 pandemic, according to them, has triggered many crises, including large-scale social, economic, health and livelihood challenges.

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Dr. Nella Hendriyetty, Senior Capacity Building and Training Economist at ADBI, Japan, highlighted the role of think-tanks like influencing and shaping policy agendas in countries and globally. They also provide and construct ideas and evidence-based assessment for the ideas and polices.

Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri who heads SDPI, Pakistan’s premier policy research think tank, since 2007 said Covid provided new online platforms which enabled them to virtually engage experts and decision-makers alike. He said they were quick in providing evidence to decision-makers so that they may take important decisions. To make the general public aware of the policy decisions, SDPI managed several webinars, conferences, opinion pieces in newspapers, media appearances and so on, he shared.

According to the press release, the CTTN Virtual Dialogue aimed to (i) facilitate an intellectual discourse on the role of think tanks during the crisis; (ii) invite a few think tanks to share their experience of policy support to the government; and (iii) deliberate on the strategies for think tanks to remain relevant in crises.