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.

Team Members

Sajid Amin Javed
Deputy Executive Director Research
Fareeha Armughan
Research Fellow
Umar Ayyaz
Project Assistant


Vaqar Ahmed
Joint Executive Director
Hina Aslam
Visiting Fellow
Syed Qasim Ali Shah
Deputy Executive Director (Ops)

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SDPI’s Core Training Areas

  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL)
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
  • Planning Appraisal and Execution
  • Community Mobilization and Social Change Management
  • Women Entrepreneurship and Leadership
  • Digital and Financial Literacy
  • Community Development for Behavioural Change Impact
  • Monitoring and evaluation of development projects
  • Project Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation
  • Institutional Leadership Development
  • Teaching and Pedagogical Skills
  • Gender and Development
  • Gender and Social Protection
  • Ecofeminism and Natural Resource Management (NRM)
  • Human Resource Development
  • Inter-personal Communications
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Climate Compatible Development (Infrastructure and Agriculture)
  • Food Security and Water management
  • Conflict Resolution and Community Resilience
  • Social, Environmental, and Economic Policy Framework
  • Project Management
  • Writing Skills
  • Organizational culture and development
  • Communication and Networking
  • Leadership and teambuilding
  • Critical Thinking



SDPI Executive Education

Dr. Fareeha Armughan, Lead of the centre, is part of FACULTY of Evidence-Based Program Design

• CERP Executive Education by Faculty including industry leaders and experts in the field.
• Presented in collaboration with the CLEAR Initiative and Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), at Harvard Kennedy School, the workshop provides participants with the technical tools required to apply a structured and highly practical approach to Programme design and implementation.