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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: Mar 21, 2020

SDPI Online Roundtable ‘Combating COVID 19: Policy Options for Pakistan’

An online roundtable titled, ‘Combating COVID 19: Policy Options for Pakistan’, was organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute on 19th March 2020. Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Dr Fehmida Mirza participated in the roundtable on special invitation. Following is the summary of the roundtable.

Policy Options for Pakistan

  • It is difficult to manage economy and corona simultaneously. People should be put over economy in these testing times.
  • The budget strategy document for 2020-21 is prepared in pre-COVID 19 context and has turned irrelevant. The National Economic Council should look into revising estimates for forthcoming budget.
  • An urgent meeting of Council of Common Interest is needed to show uniformity and solidarity among provinces. 
  • NDMA, IPC and health ministry must prepare a combined strategy to save the lives of people. 
  • There is a need to divert unutilized funds and allocations from different institutions like BISP, Workers Welfare Fund, PSDP, Baitul Maal, etc. to finance and implement the response strategy. 
  • A coherent communication strategy is required to communicate succinct messages among people reassuring them of steps taken by the government.
  • Alongside big cities, remote areas should be given attention where there are no health facilities. 
  • To protect daily wagers, street vendors and the poor unemployed labors, make use of existing social safety nets and mobilize philanthropists. A relief in utility bills can be a useful instrument. 
  • The government should put in place mechanisms for unintruppted ad price control for the to control prices of food and basic tems.


Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Dr Vaqar Ahmed, Dr Sajid Amin, Dr Naveed Iftikhar, Mr Shahjahan Chaudhry, Mr Qasim Shah, Ms Ariba Shahid, Mr Saleem Khilji, Mr Moazzam Bhatti, Ms Maryam Shabbir, Ms Ayesha Qaisrani, Mr Mobeen Ali Khan