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.

The Frontier Post

Published Date: Nov 9, 2012

SPEAKERS FOR STATE MECHANISM TO PROTECT MISSING CHILDREN

Speakers highlighted the issue of ‘Missing Children’, and asked the government to devise, strengthen and sensitize state response mechanism and educate society to secure and protect missing Pakistani children.

They said, thousands of children go missing every year in Pakistan but still it is the least acknowledged issue due to lack of understanding and information on the part of the society. The speakers expressed these views during a seminar on “Missing Children: A Wakeup Call for Society?” jointly organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute and Roshni Helpline.

The participants were told that missing child is defined as ‘any child under 18 years of age that go out of contact with family’. Hence missing children include children who lost their way home, runaway kids who escaped abuse or unhappy homes, abandoned by families, lost during travel, or abducted by criminals for ransom, begging, bonded labour or sexual trafficking.

The speakers were of the view that these missing children are subjected to worst kind of torture, sexual abuse, exploitation and labour. It was also highlighted that many children are never brought to the notice of the police.

The participants were apprised about the worsening missing child situation in Karachi through official statistics from Karachi city and which shows that 2211 children were reported missing from Karachi city alone in year 2011 adding that recovery ratio of these missing children is less than 4%.
President Roshni Helpline Muhammad Ali, talked of lack of understanding and low response from law enforcement agencies and shared his observation that police handles missing children’s case as a non-cognizable offence and most of the times refuse to lodge an FIR. He said, police officers are least educated about child rights, its related laws, modern techniques and standard operating procedures to handle the cases of missing children and even often don’t treat missing children as a crime. He advised parents to immediately inform police to find missing child as initial three hours are vital in finding and rescuing the children. He said, most of the runaway children leave their homes because of financial constraints of the family, or physical, sexual and emotional violence at home or in schools or Madrassas.
Director World Affairs, Pakistan Television Dr Moeed Pirzada while chairing the proceedings said that the severity of situation demands sensitizing all stakeholders including the society as a whole and where media can play positive role in drawing attention and educating so that our kids are secured at homes, madrassa’s, and on the streets.

Speaking at the occasion, Fazal Noor, from UN Habitat Pakistan said that the country needs a proper system of search and rescue of missing children beside social entrepreneurships and civic education of the society. He also advised parents to take picture of their kids very year to be used in such misfortune situations where picture ID is the only source of identification for small children.