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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.

Promoting Debate on Inclusive Economic Reforms


Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) has carried out in-depth dialogue between policy makers, economic experts, and public implementing agencies on key economic reform issues.

The dialogue series was supported by structured feedback from citizen and business communities to provide a clear perspective on the level of receptiveness and support to broad reforms in tax and energy sectors. These activities will form the baseline for Economic Growth Unit’s programme on energy and tax reforms.

The evidence-based research and dialogue during policy symposia had also brought out specific knowledge products that will act as a baseline for measuring impact of current and future policies in tax and energy sector.

Programme Objectives

  • Generate focused policy discussion around key economic reforms to prepare political parties and civil society for difficult structural reforms that will require public support
  • Support policy dialogue on energy and tax with structured feedback from common citizens and business community in order to channel wider public views into the policy reform process.

National Consultation on Budget 2015-16

  • Towards a Fair & Just Fiscal Policy in Pakistan

National Consultation on Budget 2014-15

  • Budget 2014-15 Economic Context + Policy Response (By: Sakib Sheran)
  • Public Debt Management (By: Ali Salman)

Programme Update

  • Comparison of Federal & Provincial Education Budgets 2014-15 & 2015-16
  • SDPI Pre-Budget Proposals 2015-16
  • Punjab Growth Strategy – Comments by SDPI
  • Rationale for Tax Reforms in Pakistan
  • Academic Outreach and Engagement
  • Summary of findings on Pre-budget Survey on Economic Reforms (Urdu version)
  • Summary of findings on Pre-budget Survey on Economic Reforms
  • Energy and Taxation Reforms – Household Analysis from Pakistan
  • Energy and Taxation Reforms – Firm Level Analysis from Pakistan
  • Policy Symposium on Taxation & Energy Reforms
  • Draft Study: Reforming Tax System in Pakistan
  • Pakistan : Energy Sector Appraisal
  • Tax Reforms in Pakistan
  • How to solve Pakistans power crisis

For details contact Dr Vaqar Ahmed (