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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.

Published Date: Aug 23, 2011

Pakistan Social Accountability Network (PSAN)-Islamabad Chapter launched (SDPI PRESS RELEASE)

Pakistan Social Accountability Network (PSAN)-Islamabad Chapter launched

Anticipating the urgent need for social accountability system in the country, Islamabad-based civil society organizations have joined hands to form a social accountability network to ensure accountability, good governance, and provision of effective and efficient public service delivery to the masses.

Representatives from like-minded civil society organizations gathered at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) to formally launch the Islamabad Chapter of ‘Pakistan Social Accountability Network (PSAN)’, here on Tuesday. The event was attended by the implementing partners and likeminded civil society organizations such as Action Aid, Asia Foundation, Population Council, Human Development Foundation (HDF), Interfaith League Against Poverty (I-LAP), Centre for Peace and Development Initiative (CPDI), The Network for Consumer Protection, Sahil and CRCP.

Pakistan Social Accountability Network (PSAN) is a SDPI initiative and network of organizations promoting social accountability at all tiers of the government.

Gulbaz Ali Khan, Senior Research Associate, SDPI briefed the participants about proposed network and concept of social accountability, its approach, tools and implementation for effective citizen engagement towards enhancement of public service delivery. Social accountability, he said, revolves around civic engagement, where common citizens and social organizations could directly participate in demanding accountability of the respective authorities. He mentioned some tools and mechanisms employed to ensure social accountability including Citizen Report Cards, Participatory Budgeting, Community Score Cards, Citizen Charts, Public Expenditure Tracking, Social Audits and People’s Right to Information Act.

He said that Social Accountability initiative is meant to achieve the broader goals of reducing poverty, increasing the effectiveness of development works and to empower the marginalized sections of society. However, the efficacy of the concept towards achieving the desired goals can only be enhanced if additional measures are taken to link up the supply and demand side of services, capacity of staff upgraded and an effective Monitoring and Evaluation system is put in practice, he added.

Zahid Abdullah of Center and Peace Development Initiatives (CPDI), gave a detailed presentation of CDPI and its allies efforts and initiatives including projects and media campaigns over the years to get the recognize the right to information as a conational right of citizens. The right to information has been acknowledged by the democratic forces under the constitution through 18th amendment and now there is a need of respective provincial legislation so that people of the country effectively exercise this fundamental right, he added. Sharing the experiences with Ministry of Information and federal ombudsman, he lamented that there still existed a culture of ruler and ruled in the country which has to be changed to ensure peoples empowerment.

Faisal Nadeem Gorchani, Coordinator, Policy Advocacy and Outreach, SDPI said that the bureaucracy over the years have persistently performed as a conservative institution which actually desired to rule publics instead of transforming into a true civil servant body. He talked about bringing radical reforms coupled with a change in bureaucratic mindset that is inherited from pre-independence colonial acts such as Secret Act 1924, and are major impediment in pro-poor public service delivery in Pakistan. “We badly need a professional and accountable bureaucratic support system, truly dedicated to public service and sensitive to the needs of millions of poor people of Pakistan,” he went on to say.

Participants in the meeting also decided to form a core committee comprising of ActionAid, I-Lap, Sahil, HDF and CPDI to handle the network activities. ActionAid was decided unanimously as the secretariat host for Islamabad chapter of the Network whereas Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is already serving as the host of national secretariat.