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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.

From Vulnerability to Resilience

Partner: The National Centre for Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South (Transversal Package Project)

Year: 2008-09

Locale: Upper Dir and Swat


The research focuses on the implications of male out migration for the women who stay behind through which the need for reconceptualization of the Government’s development agendas that lack specific coverage   of migrant sending regions becomes apparent. The report stresses the necessity of development sector mobilization for harnessing local development potential in migrant sending communities.


In this project International migration and its linkages with vulnerability and resilience have been investigated. The project undertook a conceptual work/review of regional and global evidence; empirical research in Upper Dir and Swat, as well as networking and dissemination of research finding through publications, conferences, net-working and capacity building. The conceptual work undertaken investigated the gendered interface between social capital and vulnerability.


Based on Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of social capital, a shift from the investigation of women’s exclusion from and gender inequality within social networks to an analysis of masculine domination is suggested. Domination, in turn, appears to be directly associated with the degree of vulnerability that women experience. The research finds that a focus shift needs to take place from financial flows to the wellbeing of migrants and their families and communities in analyzing politics and patterns of migrant flows. To understand, for instance, the multilocality of migrants’ livelihoods, relations of migrants to their places of origin as well as linkages to their multiple other places of residence and work have to be considered, as well as considering the political economy of bordermaking.

For More Information, Contact the Following Person:

Vaqar Ahmed , Muhammad Adnan