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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.

CUTS Press Release

Published Date: Apr 12, 2013

Civil society to shape public policy outcomes: CUTS

“Civil
society’s valuable contribution to framing of successful state policies is a
fact that is often goes unacknowledged’, said Pradeep Mehta, Secretary General,
CUTS International, in his address to a South Asia Regional Conference. The Conference
on “Participatory Approaches to South Asian Regional Integration and
Connectivity” was co-organised by CUTS and the Australian Agency for
International Development at New Delhi on 12th April, 2013. Giving examples of
successful interventions made by non-state actors in state policy matters, he
asserted that inputs provided by the civil society should not be seen merely as
a bonus in the making of good public welfare policies, but an absolute
necessity.

The
conference was organised with the objective of developing a shared
understanding of the big issues affecting progress towards regional economic
integration in South Asia and identify priority actions.

Gopal
Menon, Country Manager, India and South Asia Regional Programs of the
Australian Agency for International Development, said that cooperation among
South Asian countries in regional economic affairs is of utmost importance,
given the common challenges, opportunities and conditions they face. While
civil society’s influence on policy making at the national level should
increase for all the right reasons, one area where their involvement is
inevitable is the need for regional economic cooperation. 

In
her opening remarks, Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator and
Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, said that
development and inclusiveness go hand in hand. It is of utmost importance that
the voices of weak sections of the society are to be heard at the highest level
if South Asian countries are to accomplish truly inclusive growth. She pointed
out that the South Asian region faces some of the most difficult developmental
challenges and asserted that trade policies should be fine-tuned to promote
goods and services that are produced and consumed by marginalised sections of
the society. 
Sabrina Varma, Trade Advisor, Economic Section of the Australian Agency for
International Development presented a strategy for supporting regional
connectivity in South Asia. 

She
said that sustained growth is the most direct route to reducing poverty.
Empirical evidence and country experiences show that trade is a key driver of
growth and that trade openness has been an important element of the ability of
many countries to move up the development ladder. She highlighted the role of governments
in encouraging economic growth through the rules they set for private sector
activity. In this context, she said that AusAID would support initiatives for
improving the policy environment for sustainable growth, trade, and private
sector development. 

South
Asian integration offers prospects for connecting lagging regions, increasing
factor mobility, reaping economies of scale, diversifying of markets and goods
and improving efficiency and competitiveness. The timing for pushing ahead the
agenda of South Asian integration is right at the moment given that there is a
global momentum going in its favour. The regional leadership should take long
term commitments in this direction, while civil society, other stakeholders and
development partners should join hands to perform a supportive role. 

Nagesh
Kumar, Director and Chief Economist, United Nations Economic and Social
Commission for Asia and the Pacific and Biplove Chaudhuri, Programme
Specialist, United Nations Development Programme, Asia-Pacific Regional Centre,
Bangkok, also spoke at the occasion. Some of the other distinguished speakers
were Humayun Kabir, Vice President, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute; Tuhin Sen,
Lead Strategist, Global Development Network, New Delhi; Saman Kalegama, Executive
Director, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka; Karma, Chief Executive
Officer, SAARC Development Fund, Bhutan; Vaqar Ahmed, Deputy Executive
Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Pakistan; Bipul Chatterjee,
Deputy Executive Director, CUTS International; Shirin Akter, Chairperson of
Karmojibi Nari, Bangladesh; and Nadeem Iqbal, Executive Coordinator, The
Network for Consumer Protection, Pakistan.