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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.

Trade Promotion through Standardization in the SESA Region

Partners: SIDA & SIS

Duration: May 2013 to December 2014

Locale: Pakistan


The society aims to build national and regional knowledge to participate in ISO standard setting processes as well as to implement their standards. Today, many retailers and consumers in the world demand that products and services should be produced according to international standards.

It is believed that vital and sustainable local standardization processes with the rich involvement of private and public sector are a must to build necessary technical capacity on the concepts and methodologies of different international standards.

Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) and South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Nepal initiated a programe to build institutional capacity within SESA regions on standard setting and standard implementation. This was done with the support of Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The programme is now known as SESA Capacity Building Programme, and is running in eight countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. SDPI is the lead implementing partner in Pakistan.


  • To enhance economic development in the SESA region through increased to markets by local and regional producers
  • To promote stainable development of the bio-energy sector
  • To enable greenhouse gas mitigation activities within the exporting sectors
  • To strengthen standardization capacity in the SESA region


  • Data collection from Industrial sites on Carbon Footprint Standard
  • Draft and publish position papers
  • Capacity building of stakeholders, including PSQA
  • Advocacy events to disseminate research findings and policy recommendations