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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: Jan 29, 2021

SDPI Press Release – Global Go To Think Tank Index 2020 launched

SDPI ranked 90th among Best Global Think Tanks (non-US)

ISLAMABAD (29th January 2021): With 11 points improvement, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) ranked 90th among Best Global Think Tanks (non-US), and with improvement of four points it has notched 11th position among Top Think Tanks in South and South East Asia and the Pacific region (excluding India), according to the 15th edition of Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 ( by University of Pennsylvania, US across the world. SDPI has been retaining its 1st position in Pakistan for the last many years.

The 2020 GGTTI is based on the ranking done for over 11175 think tanks (TT) registered with GGTTI from across the globe, selected through a rigorous criterion. Under GGTTI, the University of Pennsylvania organized a global webinar on the eve of the global launch of the GGTTI 2020 report and invited representatives of 20 world-renowned think tanks, including SDPI whose case studies were presented at the webinar on ‘Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19’ while working with their respective policy makers. The Executive Director of SDPI Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri presented the Institute’s case study of developing ‘Food Security Dashboard’ under National Security Division and Prime Minister’s Office to monitor the food security situation amid pandemic and in general situation.

This year, SDPI has increased its positioning in six key categories and retained its position in 5 categories”.  The categories where SDPI improved its ranking include: 1) top think tanks (non-U.S.) with 90th position as compared to 101 position last year; 2) top think tank (Southeast Asia and the Pacific) with 11th position with 4 points’ improvement from 15th position last year; 3) economic policy with 140th position, one point improvement from 141st position last year; 4) advocacy and outreach with 60th position, one point improvement from 61st position last year; 5) think tank to watch with 49th position, two points improvement from 51st position last year and 6) public engagement with 76th position, one point improvement from 77th position last year.

The SDPI retained its position and ranked 52nd as an independent think tank. The Institute retained its 64thposition in the media work category. Similarly, SDPI retained its 60th position in institutional collaboration category, 99th position in social policy and 66th position in environment policy category.

In the category of “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure”, SDPI won 42nd position. This year SDPI also ranked 33rd in the category of “Best New Idea or Paradigm Shift Developed by a Think Tank and placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID19” as well.

Congratulating the SDPI’s staff and the management, Chairperson Board of Governors of SDPI, former Ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel said: “SDPI despite several constraints has achieved a milestone of improving its position and was ranked among top 100 non-U.S. think tanks. The commitment and professionalism of its staff, valuable initiatives by thematic experts and leadership with the support and guidance of its board of governors hailing from diverse expertise and background made it possible for the Institute to get a prestigious position among the think tanks community.” He also thanked the development partners, policy makers, and experts for their support.