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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.

National Network of Economic Think Tanks


  • Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Punjab. ( Mr. Shahid Kardar / Ms. Hafsa Tanvir )
  • Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Sindh. ( Prof. Farrukh Iqbal / Associate Professor Asma Hyder )
  • Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering, and Management Sciences, Quetta, Balochistan ( Dr. Abdus Salam Lodhi / Mr. Noor Ahmed )
  • Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. ( Dr. Muhammad Rafique )
  • Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad. ( Ms. Lubna Hassan )
  • Pakistan Business Council. ( Mr. Saud Bangash )
  • All Pakistan Textile Mills Association. ( Mr. Hamid Tufail )
  • Pakistan Software House Association ( Mr. Shryar Hydri )
  • Pakistan Alliance for Girl’s Education ( Ms. Rabia Fajer )
  • Centre for Global Innovators  ( Mr. Imran Jattala )
  • The Indus Entrepreneurs ( Mr. Mansoor Malik )
  • Independent Research Economist ( Dr. Nadia Farooq )
  • CRSS (Mr. Mustafa Malik )
  • Amreli Steel ( Syed Wajid I. Bukhari )
  • Planning Commission ( Mr. Hamid Mehmood )
  • Air University ( Air Cmdr (Retd) Afzaal Ahmed Khan )
  • Business Recorder-Research ( Ali Khizar/Sohaib Jamali )
  • CPEC Centre of Excellence ( Dr. Ahsan Abbas )

Team Members:

Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Ahad Nazir


This project is the part of an interactive and structured Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) model being used by CIPE-SDPI to reform economic issues through positive debate. In order to ensure sustainability of the PPD model, this year SDPI is also forming a stakeholders’ network comprising think-tanks, business associations, academia, independent economists, and researchers. 


  • The project aims to generate a debate and formulate policy recommendations on:
  • the means of future economic growth in Pakistan 
  • the best suited growth sectors for job creation in Pakistan
  • how to ease and reduce the cost of doing business in Pakistan
  • the role of government institutions, parliamentary committees, think-tanks, academic institutes, and business associations in economic growth agenda

Expected Outcomes:

  • A sustainable PPD style debate on economic reforms in Pakistan
  • Enhanced political consensus on economic issues
  • Further improvement in Doing Business Ranking of Pakistan
Project Activities
Phase 1:
  • Five focus group discussions, one in each provincial capital and one in Islamabad
  • Quarterly meetings of Network members
  • Five Public-Private Dialogues, one in each of the four provinces and the capital that include private sector representatives and elected & appointed government officials
  • Documented independent briefings with the representatives of Senate and National Assembly Standing Committees
  • Report on economic agenda of the new government that assesses the number of SDPI-related recommendations adopted
  •  Briefing modules/presentations designed for all of the above meetings
  • Preparation of media kits
  • Host and regularly update a webpage that archives details of the above-mentioned outputs
Phase 2:
  • Three Public Private Dialogues on Business Regulation Reforms in Pakistan
  • Three quarterly bulletins to highlight the quality of foreign capital inflows in Pakistan