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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.

Promotion of Dialogue for Peace Building through Media, Community leaders and Youth Mobilization

PartnerDANIDA and SFCG

Duration: August 2012 to November 2013

Locale: 25 districts of Pakistan

Team Member:  Mome Saleem, Adnan Talib, Muhammad Arslan, Kashmala Choudhry, Mikail Toru, Sadaf Liaquat


The widespread community feuds and chaos in the society based on religious, ethnic, societal and a class difference lead to violence and promotes negative attitudes among the youth. Considering the current conflict situation in Pakistan, SDPI established platforms/mechanisms for the youth, civil society, and local government officials to foster greater collaboration towards constructive dialogue and understanding of local conflict dynamics hence enabling tolerance and spirit of co-existence.

Click here to view Introduction to District Dialogue Forums(DDF’s)


  • To enhance the capacity and sustainability of Pakistani media electronic and print to play an active role in promotion of peace, tolerance, co-existence and harmony
  • To enhance the capacity of Pakistani youth and local leaders to explore issues affecting them through a constructive, solutions-oriented approach that is geared towards reconciliation and Peace building
  • To establish platforms and mechanisms for Pakistani youth, civil society, and local government officials to foster greater collaboration towards constructive dialogue, increased understanding of local conflict dynamics and issues of key importance to youth, thereby fostering increased harmony and tolerance across the country.

Pakistan Peace Initiative:

Pakistan Peace Initiative is a multilayered project, which involves three key components; (1) Media; (2) Youth; and (3) Local Leaders. Through the involvement of these critical stake holders the project aims to create connections within and across communities, and at multiple levels of society, particularly among youth constituencies, and will leverage the core strengths, reach and influence of the media, thereby opening doors to a national shift in the way conflict issues are perceived, while building a critical swell of informed support for change.

The study consists of four phases. In the first phase, baseline survey was carried out in the four provincial capitals of Pakistan and its report was launched in October 2013.

In second phase, mainstream electronic media anchors, youth, and community leaders from 25 districts were selected and trained on conflict resolution and peace building methods. Subsequently, the trained social capital called peace leaders were enabled to organize dialogues in their respective areas on real time conflicts at community level.  Later, the trained anchors and journalists from print, radio and TV produced and aired programmes on the outcomes of dialogue forums. The project was implemented through a consortium. In the last phase National Peace Summit was held to bring together peace leaders from across the country. The participants included 50 media personnel from electronic media, radio and press. Some 25 youth trainees and 75 community leaders also attended the summit. Besides sharing success stories, a petition signed by more than 700 people of different gender and age groups was also presented to policy makers. The Summit allowed the trained social capital across the country to develop a ‘Common Vision’ for future peace building endeavors. A network to promote peace activities in future was also developed with the stakeholders in a roundtable to share lessons  learnt a day before the summit.


  • Better service delivery and social justice equates peace
  • Quick and easy dispensation of justice and sophisticated mechanism for accountability of the policy makers


Muhammad BadarAlam

Editor Herald


Lecturer Fatima Jinnah Women University

Ahmed Salim

Senior Advisor SDPI


Lecturer International Islamic University Islamabad

Faisal Gorchani

Advocacy Coordinator SDPI

Col ZafarMahmood

National Defense University


Asia Rights in Crisis Coordinator Oxfam

Brig Yasin

Senior Advisor SDPI

Brig Shershah

Associate Dean NIPCON, NUST


Research Coordinator SDPI

Shakeel Ahmad Ramay

Senior Research Associate 

Sarah Khan

Senior Program Officer SFCG

Khalid Jamil

Executive Director , Journalists for Democracy and Human Rights


 Participants – Selected Districts




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Azad Jammu & Kashmir





North Waziristan