The News International
Published Date: Jan 31, 2020
SDPI shines among world think tanks
Islamabad : The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) ranked 1st in Pakistan, 15th among South East Asia and the Pacific and 52nd best independent think tanks in the world, according to the 14th edition of University of Pennsylvania Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) report released across the world on Thursday.
The 2019 GGTTI report indexes the over 8500 think tanks (TT) registered with GGTTI from across the globe, selected through a rigorous criterion. Owing to multidisciplinary research and advocacy, the SDPI ranked over all in 14 categories among top global think tanks. SDPI has been placed at 101st top think tank worldwide (Non-US), 141st top domestic policy think tanks, 84th for the best social media use, 78th among top food security think tanks, and 51st think tank to watch.
From Pakistan, there were 25 think tanks participated in the ranking, where SDPI retained at the top among Pakistani think tanks this year as well.
The report said that though think tanks numbers are growing, but there remained some critical challenges and opportunities that think tank community confront globally. The challenges mainly include hostile regulatory environment, resource constraints, growing competition, use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and adaptation to technological advancement for conducting and dissemination of research. To effectively respond to these challenges, think tanks need to focus on developing national, regional, and global partnerships while using AI and data analytics to deliver their products and services to an ever-expanding audience of citizens, policy makers, and businesses around the world, the report concluded.
Launching the 2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index report, the Executive Director, SDPI, Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri said that despite all constraints faced by global civil society and think tanks, SDPI has not only retained its ranking but also improved in 7 categories in the index as compared to the last year.
He said that SDPI, with 2 points improvement, emerged as the 42nd among best quality assurance and integrity policies and procedures and 99th among top social policy think tanks, whereas, with 1-point improvement, SDPI ranked 64th best advocacy campaign, 66th top environment policy, and 77th best external relations & public engagement think tanks.
While highlighting the significance of use Artificial Intelligence (AI) in research, Dr Abid said that those think tanks and research organisations who failed to use AI and data analytics and conducting and dissemination of their research will eventually lag behind and irrelevant in the growing competition.