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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.

Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development in Mountain Regions (SARD-M)

Partner: FAO, ICIMOD

Year: 2008


Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has initiated the project Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (SARD-M) to investigate the state of agriculture and its role in sustainable development in mountainous areas. The project also studies the policy environment and rules and regulations relating to mountainous agriculture and high value crops. SDPI carried out a study of “NWFP Agriculture Policy 2005” SDPI did the SWOT analysis of Agriculture Policy and also prepared guidelines for better development, coordination and implementation of policy. The study also looked into how coherence among different stakeholders can be improved to attain the perceived objectives of sustainable development. Recommendations were proposed in practical approaches and tools or better interagency coordination in the design and implementation of SARD-M interventions. The final findings were shared in a regional meeting that was held at ICIMOD secretariat in Kathmandu in August 2008.


There should be a defined time line for implementation of policy; the role of each department should be clearly defined and department should be made responsible to meet targets and mandate; policy should also lay down the process, how all stakeholders would be involved in the decision making process; there should be a special program for inclusion of women in decision making; policy should also give some attention to off-season introduction of vegetables; there is need for focused interventions for improvement of research institutes and departments; budget allocation to achieve the objectives of policy should be enhanced and clearly define.