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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: Nov 25, 2013

Managing Intra-Country Growth Disparities in South Asia


It is now widely acknowledged that a cornerstone of South Asia’s future must be its ability to cooperate among each other in tackling the key socio-economic challenges of our time. While diplomatic discussions take place at the highest level – through the thirty year-old initiative, SAARC – there is an important role for Track II processes that complement this and offer platforms for the exchange of knowledge and the generation of ideas. Within this, a lack of Track II engagement in economic policy-rnakinq processes had been recognised as a limiting factor to regional integration in South Asia. As an attempt to remedy this, the South Asia Economic Summit (SAES) was launched in 2008, initiated by a regionally-based group of five think-tanks, namely, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Sri Lanka, the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) in India, the South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) in Nepal, the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in Bangladesh, and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in Pakistan. At each Summit, issues concerning key growth opportunities and challenges experienced by the economies of South Asia constitute the central focus. In this sense, it follows the example of the World Economic Forum held annually in Davos, albeit at a regional rather than a global level. Nearly seven years since the first Summit, the SAES is now seen as an important regional platform for dialogue and debate in this region, and is recognised as the premier forum for the region’s thought leaders to tackling the critical socio-economic issues, develop new insights, and generate fresh ideas on the way forward.