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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: Jun 3, 2016

Setting the Priorities: Metro Bus Vs Out-of-School Children (PB – 51)

Junaid Zahid and Irfan Ahmed Chatha 


The question as to what are the significant factors in shaping the road to development is of fundamental
and primal importance in the present circumstances when the government is focusing more on
infrastructure rather than literacy and skills transfer. On social media, there is a clear-cut division
between people’s perception about Rawalpindi/Islamabad Metro Bus Project versus Education. [1]
[Error! Reference source not found.] In the case of China, infrastructure stock, labour force, public and
private investment play an important role in economic growth.[9] Similarly development practitioners
consider physical infrastructure a precondition for industrialization and economic development.[13] It is
critical to deliver growth, reduce poverty, and achieve broader development goals.[10] Over the last few
years, Africa has witnessed some modest improvements in infrastructure development, especially in
telecommunication sector. But, it is ranked at the bottom among all the developing regions.[7] On the
other hand, educated labour has a much higher marginal product. A positive as well as direct effect of
human capital on growth has been estimated.[3] Countries that start with a higher level of educational
attainment grow faster for a given level of initial per capita GDP.[11] Growth of human capital is the
most contributing factor for achieving sustainability. [6] For individuals, societies as well as economies as
a whole, investing in human capital is critical, even more so in the context of shifting population
dynamics and limited resources.[8] As the proportion of service sector in Pakistan’s economy is growing
with every passing year, it is imperative to carry out more soft interventions like educating and training
our human capital rather than making hard infrastructural interventions.