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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 1, 2008

Sustainable Solutions: A Spotlight on South Asian Research

Sustainable Solutions: A Spotlight on South Asian Research was
launched on 1 December 2008 at the occasion of the Eleventh Sustainable
Development Conference. The anthology comprises eleven chapters based on
peer-reviewed papers presented at the Tenth SDC in December 2007.
Publishing the anthology is a year-long process in which the papers go
through a systematic review process and the ones that get approved are
edited and published in the anthology.

The anthology deals with research on real
life problems ranging from misconceived historical perspectives in South
Asia, threatened livelihoods, policy-led disaster management,
challenges and opportunities offered by trade liberalization and
globalization, and the neglected role of women in coping with the
challenges of non-sustainable development is presented to give the
reader an idea of the complexity and interdependency of these issues.

Whether research can play a role in offering
solutions to the challenges faced by sustainable development is a
much-debated question. While some argue that the research-policy
disconnect renders most research findings useless, others contend that
the theory-practice disconnect is the reason for policy failure. Yet
another school of thought believes that unless means of implementation
are not clearly defined at the research level the policy is bound to
meet failure. They feel that ensuring implementation is a policy
formulator’s task, and s/he should identify the means to turn theory
into practice.

It is in this context that policy researchers
at the Tenth Sustainable Development Conference, ‘Sustainable
Solutions: A Spotlight on South Asian Research’, deliberated not only
the predicament of formulating the right research questions, but also
took the opportunity to discuss the political economy of research
itself, i.e., is it supply or demand driven? What is meant by
sustainable development and who are its stakeholders? Why researchers
are not able to diagnose the problems correctly or why after having
diagnosed the problem cannot suggest the right solution owing to various
socio-political and/or economic constraints.