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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.

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Published Date: May 1, 2005

Anatomy of a Peoples’ Rights Movement:A Case Study of the Sarhad Awami Forestry Ittehad (SAFI)(W-103)

Shaheen Rafi Khan, Moeed Yusuf (SDPI)Riaz Ahmed (SUNGI)

April 2006


The Sarhad Awami Forestry Ittehad (SAFI), arguably,
represents the only formal attempt to engage in forestry reform advocacy and
political activism. Given the importance of developing an understanding of the
factors that may lead to the success of peoples’ movements in Pakistan, we
conduct a careful evaluation of SAFI’s impact on the forestry reform process
and, in general, in terms of sustainable forest management.

SAFI is active in the Malakand
and Hazara divisions of NWFP, and in the Southern District and Kurram Agency in
the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The rapidly eroding capability
of the State to manage its forests amicably and its consequent impact upon
communities and the environment  provided
the backdrop for an organization like SAFI.


SAFI emerged with two broad
objectives. The first was to mobilize community resistance against the excesses
committed by the large forest owners, the contractors and the forest
department. The second objective was to convert such mobilization into a
critical mass for policy advocacy. SAFI’s successes can be assessed at three
levels: policy advocacy, organized resistance and management interventions. In
terms of policy advocacy, SAFI has created widespread awareness about the
forestry reforms, engaging with communities and other relevant stakeholders in
consultations and discussions. SAFI also conducted successful organized
resistance in Hazara and Dir-Kohistan to support the cause of the disempowered
communities.  It has also made management
interventions bringing the realization among public functionaries that
partnership with communities offers prospects for sustainable management of

SAFI’s experience
provides valuable lessons for broader peoples’ movements in the country. The
organization’s experience underscores the need for such movements to involve an
extremely broad set of stakeholders in consultations. It further highlights the
need for a sufficiently large, formally trained membership base, especially if
a movement draws upon volunteers as SAFI does. Finally, given the nature of
such efforts, the issue of financial sustainability must be addressed by
diversifying income sources so that the movement is not solely dependant on
donor support.