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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: Jul 1, 2002

Using Theatre as a Research Tool: Troubleshooting and Benchmarking Pakistan’s Devolution Plan (W-76)

Shahrukh Rafi Khan and Aasim Sajjad Akhtar


We used theatre as a research tool to feedback and suggestions from the relevant stakeholders on service delivery in the past and how it could be improved.  High quality theatre skits were conceptualised by Interactive Resource Centre (IRC), and staged by extremely professional groups of local female and male actors trained by IRC.  The skits pertained to problems with regards to the delivery of social services, specifically student-abuse by teachers in education, and the dispensation of justice, specifically rape (honour killing in Mardan).  These were shown in four urban and four rural union councils, one in all the four main provinces of the country.   In education, it was the political interference of the elites that determined who the teacher would be and provided immunity in case of poor delivery.  In the cases of sexual harassment or honour killing, no one believed it would ever be possible to get justice if the landlord or his cronies were involved in the crime.  Also, it was universally recognized that the real issues in such cases are prevailing social attitudes and power structures and not changed local government structures per se.  The training to date has been inadequate as evidenced by the lack of knowledge that councilors had about their roles and responsibilities in this new system.  Similarly, the local administration, including the police and education departments, seem to have little understanding of their new roles under the plan.