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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 Express Tribune

Published Date: Oct 24, 2018

DICE: Creative social enterprises create jobs, experts say

Pakistan has a thriving startup and entrepreneurship culture, wherein creative and social enterprises (CSEs) are contributing significantly to national income, employment and poverty reduction. However, many such enterprises are unable to grow due to the excessive regulatory burden, the high cost of doing business, distortive tax regime, and lack of credit. According to experts, for CSEs to thrive there is a need to reduce regulatory burdens on the sector.
These were the views of experts at policy component launch of ‘Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE) Pakistan,’ organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in collaboration with British Council and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific in Islamabad on Tuesday. DICE is a multinational programme that supports the development of creative and social enterprises in the UK and five key emerging economies which include Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, and South Africa.
SDPI Joint Executive Director Dr Vaqar Ahmed said despite significant and growing contribution of Creative and Social Enterprises (CSEs) sector to the overall economy of the country, the sector is facing many challenges on regulatory and tax regime fronts. CSEs can be incentivised by allowing a quota in public procurement. He suggested that the SME policy of State Bank of Pakistan can also demand that commercial banks take a risk on social entrepreneurs and facilitate credit. The Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Planning Commission can also seek inputs from social entrepreneurs and ask them their views regarding their issues related to intellectual property, labour, environment, and several municipal laws, he added.
Dr Vaqar said the planning and development departments at the provincial governments should recognise the social and creative enterprise sector and how this can contribute to sustainable development goals (SDGs).Source: