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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.

Policy Solutions Lab

Established in 2017, the Policy Solutions Lab @SDPIPakistan is driven to strengthening evidence-informed policy-making in Pakistan. We inspire to raise the bar in effective governance and decision-making by rethinking policy problems and solutions as they evolve and transform.

Our most recent endeavour involved the development of SDGs prioritization frameworks in Punjab and Balochistan as well as leading cutting-edge discussions on key issues such as exchange rate flexibility, social content in macroeconomic policies and monetary policy governance in Pakistan. The Lab is presently assessing the impact of COVID-19 in South Asia, identifying the policy priorities needed to support sustainable recovery and building back better.   

What we do?

Forward-looking in its approach, the Lab delivers innovative and advance research solutions to meet the future policy needs of governments, policy-makers and other key stakeholders within the development sector. To do this, we analyze (draw policy lessons through rigorous research), design (develop key messages and recommendations) and broadcast (share our findings with relevant stakeholders). Our work focuses on:

  • Economic Policy: We firmly believe that raising the awareness of policy makers, as well as the general public, on matters of economic policy helps shape sounder and more efficient policy design and implementation. Our work mostly relates to monetary policy, fiscal policy and financial policy.
  • Social Policy: Recognizing the need for social content in macroeconomic policy, we explore areas of financial inclusion, social exclusion and inequality, as well as how macroeconomic policy shapes related outcomes within these concepts. Additionally, the Lab underpins the need for a strong social policy in a post COVID-19 context, given its centrality to inclusive recovery.
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Leading the work on SDGs localization and prioritization, we provide data gap analysis down to the third tier of governance: the local governments. We also foster debates on the integration of SDGs into mainstream economic policy.
  • Evaluating Policy Impact and Feasibility: Utilising the latest advanced methods in data collection and analysis, the Lab provides high-grade assessments on the efficacy and impact of policy interventions across various projects, programmes, reforms and measures – determining the viability of policy actions proposed or presently underway.


Sajid Amin Javed

Research Fellow/ Founding Head Policy Solutions Lab

Research/Policy Solutions Lab

Fareeha Armughan

Research Fellow


Sara Zafar Cheema



Umar Ayyaz

Project Assistant



Vaqar Ahmed

Joint Executive Director

Research/Economic Growth Unit

Hina Aslam

Research Fellow

China Study Center

Syed Qasim Ali Shah

Deputy Executive Director/Director Business Development Unit

Research/Business Development Unit