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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.

Action Research and Organizational Capacity Building (OCB)

Partner: IDRC

Duration: July 2013 to June 2014

Locale: IEA (Ghana), Grupo Faro (Ecuador), SDPI (Pakistan), CEPA (Sri Lanka), and IPAR (Rwanda)

Team Member: Mome Saleem


Action research and Organizational Development (OD) is an approach to shape up methodological practices.  Action research is a practice for the systematic development of knowing and knowledge, but based in a rather different form from traditional academic research.

Existing approaches, processes and technologies have failed to improve work performance,  efficiency and effectiveness that led research into the socio-psychological factors of work processes or rather the human factors. Likewise most think tank (TT) organizations are in need of undertaking OD. For instance, five TT from TTI cohort came together to implement an action research project on Organizational Capacity Building (OCB) from Latin America, Asia and Africa i.e. (IEA, Ghana; Grupo Faro, Ecuador; SDPI, Pakistan; CEPA, Sri Lanka; and IPAR, Rwanda.) These five institutes chose to work on specific areas within their organizations in order to improve their overall organizational performance.


  • To identify best practices in five think tank institutions to improve overall OD through action research


  • The case studies and analysis chapters are being written and reviewed jointly within the group of five partner institutes and IDRC.
  • Findings of the action research will be disseminated at the  Book launch events

Lahore Press Coverage, 28 August 2014:

For More Information, Contact the Following Person:

Mahmood A. Khwaja