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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: Jan 9, 2020

Irtiqa Zaidi’s ‘Negotiating the Power Corridors’ launched

ISLAMABAD: Veteran civil servant Irtiqa Zaidi on Wednesday launched her book — a compilation of interesting and highly educative autobiographical notes — with speakers terming it a ‘must –read’ for policy practitioners, politicians, civil servants and young aspirants of the Pakistan Administrative Services (PAS).
The book, “Negotiating the Power Corridors: Forty Challenging Years of Civil Service: Forty Challenging Years of Civil Service” has been published by the IPS Press – the publishing arm of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) — jointly with Fazlee’s Book. A launch ceremony was organised in Islamabad on Wednesday.
In the book, Zaidi has included the message that civil servants should always be subservient to the state but not to the rulers, no matter how many challenges they face in discarding their duties in the best interest of the country and its people.
It negates the public impression that civil servants enjoy boundless powers and privileges and spend carefree attractive lives. Zaidi narrates the hard facts that a patriotic, hardworking and honest civil servant has to face tremendous challenges in the disposal of their duties.
IPS Executive President Khalid Rahman, Balochistan’s former chief secretary and former federal commerce secretary Dr Zafar Qadir and, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) Executive Director Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Pakistan Customs Chief Collector (North)Asif Mahmood Jah, and IPS Fellow Dr Shahzad Iqbal Sham addressed the event.
Zaidi is the only civil servant from Balochistan who has worked in the provincial government and federal government for over 40 years. He has also served as a consultant in CIDA, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) before representing Pakistan as its focal person for the Asia Trust Fund of European Union at the International Trade Centre in Geneva.
He was also a project director for the World Bank-funded Trade and Transport Facilitation Project for seven years. Zaidi also headed the UNDP-funded Trade Initiative from Human Development Perspective Project.
As a senior member of Pakistan’s team, he participated in all eight rounds of negotiations held at Kabul and Islamabad during 2009-10 between Afghanistan and Pakistan on the Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA).
Zaidi was elected executive director of UNCTAD’s Common Fund for Commodity. He was elected secretary-general of Society of Pakistan Economists and elected vice president of Netherlands Alumni Association of Pakistan.
He is an Overseas Fellow of Economics Development Institute (EDI) of the World Bank. He has also represented the Government of Pakistan in several international seminars and conferences in 22 countries