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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.

Pakistan’s Water Challenges with the World Bank Water project

Work has been completed on SDPI’s collaboration with the World Bank Water project. Two SDPI Research Fellows produced the paper Pakistan’s Water Challenges: Human and Social Dimensions. It is forthcoming as a contribution in an Oxford University Press publication.

This paper reviews the human and social dimensions of Pakistan’s water policies to provide the basis for water-related policy interventions that contributes to the country’s human development, giving special attention to concerns of women and the poor. While Pakistan may not be a water-scarce country, nonetheless, water stress, poor water quality, and inequitable access to water adversely affect large portions of the population. Considerably less water is available in Balochistan and Sindh, in the tail end of the irrigation distribution system, and for the poor. Though women have a distinct role in water management both for domestic and productive purposes, they are hardly represented in user groups. This suggests that water management rather than water availability is at the core of Pakistan’s water crisis. The unequal distribution coupled with population pressure, urbanisation, and progressive industrialisation pose a serious challenge to water management in Pakistan in the 21st century. Already now, insufficient access to and poor quality of water resources is a major obstacle to human development in Pakistan.

SDPI identified the following recommendations as crucial for water interventions that may serve human development:

A genuinely participatory approach in water management including the voices of all stakeholders, in particular women and the poor;
A pro-active approach to tackle landed and bureaucratic power structures;
Capacity building in user groups and in the government agencies rather than investment in infrastructure alone;
Economic incentives, such as secure property rights, to improve access to water for the marginalized and more efficient use of the scarce resource;
Health implications of water-related interventions should be assessed before embarking on them;
Water conservation should be given priority over large storage projects. If they are constructed, environmental and social impact assessments should be conducted with true stakeholder participation.

Please contact Sarah Siddiq (, Research and PEP Coordinator, for more details.