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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.


Impact Assessment of ILO’s Time Bound Program on the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor in Pakistan (WFCL)

Partner: ILO

Locale: Multan, Rahim Yar Khan and Hyderabad


The study explored the prevalence of bondage in agriculture and the domestice work sector. Multan, Rahim Yar Khan and Hyderabad were the field research areas for this study.


  • To identify the local sectors in which children are in bonded labour,
  • To understand the mechanisms that draw them into it and the constraints weighing on the children,
  • To describe the characteristics of their condition.

Baseline Survey on Children in the Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) in the District Sahiwal (Punjab)

Partner: ILO and FBS

Year: 2010

Locale: Sahiwal district

There is no comprehensive information on children involved in the worst form of child labour (WFCL) in the district of Sahiwal (Punjab). A project has therefore been designed for this purpose with the technical support of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS). In this regard, a consensus has been built on the definition of the Child and Child Labour. The data collection exercise is being conducted in such a way that the comparability of data with government surveys remain integrated. The Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS) developed the sample design of the survey for rural and urban Sahiwal. The sample design provided the complete details of the thirty enumeration clusters. To implement the data collection exercise, FBS trained key staff members of the SDPI for cluster formation. Field-work has been conducted in three phases. The first phase began with the formation of cluster formation in rural and urban Sahiwal. The second phase administered the screening questionnaire for identification of child labour. The third phase was completed with the collection of 300 detailed questionnaires in all the sampled clusters. Currently, data entry and the cleaning exercise is in process. The project is expected to be completed by the end of December.

Data collection and measurement of the Worst Forms of Child Labour aims to contribute to the empirical knowledge base of the area being studied. The analysis of the baseline data will provide rich information on the determinate of the Worst Form of Child Labour in order to improve our understanding of this phenomenon. The BLS is also expected to provide reasonable information about the determinates of high drop-out rates for primary schools and the impact of involvement in work and/or domestic chores on the school achievement of children in the selected households.