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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.


Understanding Think Tank – University Relationships in South Asia

Partners: IDRC (Canada)

Duration: June 2013 to July 2014

Locale: India, Bangladesh, Pakistan (Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad, Peshawar)

The programme builds on a growing body of literature on knowledge systems for public policy making in South Asia. It specifically attempts to theorize the complex and dynamic relationship between two supplier groups of policy research: think tanks and universities with the aim to identify the best practices through which external support strengthens both groups of institutions.


        To provide a better understanding of the relationships between think tanks and universities in the South Asian knowledge environment and the ways in which externally provided support may affect these relationships.


        Primary data collection

        Dissemination of research findings and policy recommendations

        Development of the Policy Research Gateway (web-portal)

Focal Persons: Dr Abid Suleri, Arif  Naveed & Zalla Khattak

Think Tank Initiative (TTI)

Partner: IDRC

Duration: Nov 2010 to June 2014

Team Member: Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Shakeel Ahmad


The Think Tank Initiative (TTI) is a programme designed by International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to strengthen the independent policy research organizations to become more influential and sustainable.

The rigorous course of selection process aims at helping organizations identify a long-term strategy to develop its own robust research agenda, improve key aspects of its organizational performance, and increase its ability to inform and influence policy.

TTI helped SDPI embark on a long-term organizational development process and use the core funding and technical support to help place the institution on a transformational path. SDPI has entered its fourth and last year of TTI grant.

Landscaping Policy Relevant Research in Pakistan and Understanding its Political Economy Dynamics

Partner: DFID

Research institutions in Pakistan are engaged in policy research related economy, nutrition health, social, policy, governance, peace and conflict, evaluation, education etc. The study aims to map these research institutions in order to provide a broader overview of these institutions engaged in policy research, their thematic priorities, geographic concentration as well as sources of funding available to them.

The study highlights linkages between research and policy-making, social science base, practices in commissioning of policy research, and a wide range of barriers being faced by those who are conducting policy research. It evaluates critically the role of international donors in the overall landscape of policy research. The study finds opportunities offered by the changing institutional context of strengthening research institutions and the uptake of research into policies and practices.


  • To analyze the political economy of policy relevant research in Pakistan
  • To find possibilities and constraints in the way of commissioning, undertaking and uptake of research

Action Research and Organizational Capacity Building (OCB)

Partner: IDRC

Duration: July 2013 to June 2014

Locale: IEA (Ghana), Grupo Faro (Ecuador), SDPI (Pakistan), CEPA (Sri Lanka), and IPAR (Rwanda)

Team Member: Mome Saleem


Action research and Organizational Development (OD) is an approach to shape up methodological practices.  Action research is a practice for the systematic development of knowing and knowledge, but based in a rather different form from traditional academic research.

Existing approaches, processes and technologies have failed to improve work performance,  efficiency and effectiveness that led research into the socio-psychological factors of work processes or rather the human factors. Likewise most think tank (TT) organizations are in need of undertaking OD. For instance, five TT from TTI cohort came together to implement an action research project on Organizational Capacity Building (OCB) from Latin America, Asia and Africa i.e. (IEA, Ghana; Grupo Faro, Ecuador; SDPI, Pakistan; CEPA, Sri Lanka; and IPAR, Rwanda.) These five institutes chose to work on specific areas within their organizations in order to improve their overall organizational performance.


  • To identify best practices in five think tank institutions to improve overall OD through action research


  • The case studies and analysis chapters are being written and reviewed jointly within the group of five partner institutes and IDRC.
  • Findings of the action research will be disseminated at the  Book launch events

Lahore Press Coverage, 28 August 2014: