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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: Dec 5, 2014

Planning for Floods: Now or Never (PB – 44)


The year 2014 is the fifth consecutive year when Pakistan is undergoing extreme weather conditions. In July 2010, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Punjab provinces were affected by record rains causing  heavy floods, 1700 deaths and disruptive impact on over 20 million people (Houze et al. 2011; Webster et al. 2011). In 2010, the magnitude of catastrophe was so high that the number of affected people exceeded the combined total of people hit by the 2004 tsunami in Indian Ocean, the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In September 2011, a massive flood severely hit Sindh province, caused over 400 deaths, affected 8 million people, and inundated 1.7 million acres of arable land (Habib 2011). In 2012, Pakistan received unprecedented rainfall resulting in over 450 deaths and affecting more than 5 million people along with thousands of acres of arable land in KP, Southern Punjab and Upper Sindh (CNN 2012). Intense rainfall caused flooding yet again in August 2013, but this time in different pockets throughout the country, including KP, Karachi city, and central Punjab,  resulting in around 200 deaths, and affecting 1.5 million people. To this series of flooding, the year 2014 was no exception, when a heavy cloudburst occurred once again over Kashmir region resulting in huge devastation in Indian held Kashmir (IHK), Azad Kashmir as well as downstream areas of Pakistan. This time the death toll has risen to 500 people both in India and Pakistan besides the number of people affected by the floods was  again in millions (Singh et al. 2014).