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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 3, 2020

Socio-economic impacts of coronavirus on peripheral populations in Pakistan: A study of Swat district


The study aims to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Swat district taking economic stresses, social and family life, and mental health as the major indicators. Financial impact was the primary impact of the lockdown discovered during the survey. The survey finds that ban on public transport required people to utilize more expensive mode of travels that also added to their expenditures. Lockdown disrupted supply chains, hindering the availability of essential commodities, specifically in rural-urban setups.

Majority respondents said that online classes have largely been ineffective due to insufficient training of teaching staff, internet connectivity issues and lack of necessary gadgets to take advantage of the medium. Increase in domestic violence, impact on family life, growth and behaviour of children have also been found as an aftermath of the disease.
According to the findings, people have been hiding the status of their ailment which indicates the possibility of many cases going unaccounted for. This could have resulted in a bigger catastrophe had the condition of such patients deteriorated and/or resulted in deaths.
It is evident from the low percentage of inter-family transfer of disease that they are well- informed about the SOPs and the quarantine protocols.