Asset 1

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.

Noor Aftab

The News

Published Date: Mar 12, 2015

Pak fight against poverty at risk: study


The consumption share of the richest 20 percent population was more than
five times the share of the poorest 20 percent population in the year


Similarly, spending share of the top 10
percent of population was 31 percent while the poor 40 percent of
population’s spending share was only 20 percent; this means 18 million
richest people spend one and a half time more than 72 million poor

According to a new study, jointly conducted by Dr
Abid Burki, Dr Rashid Memon and Dr Khalid Mir of the Lahore University
of Management Sciences (LUMS) in coordination with Oxfam Pakistan,
Pakistan’s fight against poverty is at risk as multiple inequalities
persist across the country impeding long- term growth potential.

research signifies the causes of inequality in a number of ways,
including: lack of opportunities to access healthcare and education,
unequal distribution and access to land and capital. In terms of
intra-province inequality, Sindh is the most unequal province in
Pakistan with the highest Gini index, which means the divide between
rich and poor in Sindh has widened — followed by the Punjab, while
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan provinces have the lowest levels
of inequality. The level of urban inequality is considerably higher
than rural inequality, which indicates that urban prosperity is not
equally shared.

The research reveals that due to tax
exemptions, Pakistan loses Rs500 billion annually, which is 1.5 times
the annual budget for education. Pakistan can get an additional tax
revenue of Rs80-115 billion if the exemptions on agriculture are

Lack of tax revenues puts pressure on the
budget and leads to inflationary monetary policies – which have an
important impact on the distribution of real income of poor. Low tax
base also implies that there is little room for investments in
nutrition, public education and health.

Between 1996-2002,
few companies received 45 percent larger loans than other companies.
These firms had a 50 percent higher default rate on loans as well. The
defaulted loans were inefficiently invested, leading to a further loss
of an estimated 1.6 percent of GDP per year, which makes a total of

The research also identifies the inequality traps.
Over time, the mobility between classes has worsened, in 1994-95,
roughly 30 percent of those born to both rich and poor fathers remained
in the class they are born which shows mobility was rather easier.

40 percent of sons born to poor fathers remain poor; only 9 percent
make it to the rich class. While 52 percent of sons born to rich fathers
remain rich. There was a growing difference between the income of the
rich and poor during the period of 1990–2011.