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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.

Dr. Urs Geiser

Affiliated senior researcher, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Visiting Faculty

Dr. Geiser has been a visiting fellow at Sustainable Development Policy Institute, SDPI, Islamabad, Pakistan since 2005. He has been a member of the department of geography’s development study group since 1998. Dr. Geiser has been working as a senior researcher and lecturer at the University of Zurich since 1993 and was a lecturer from 1989-1992. Dr. Geiser has worked on several projects in South Asian countries in various capacities. He was Project Backstopper and Consultant (planning, evaluation, backstopping of rural development projects in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Vietnam, etc.). In 1978 – 1982, he was project leader of the Sri Lanka – Swiss Remote Sensing Project, Colombo, Sri Lanka (for Swiss Development Co-operation SDC). He worked as 1976 – 1977: Project collaborator in the Yemen-Swiss Airphoto Interpretation Project, Sanaa,Yemen Arab Republic (for  SDC) in 1976-1977. Dr. Geiser holds a M.Sc. Geography, from the University of Zurich with regional focus on Pakistan (esp. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Switzerland, India (esp. Kerala). He also holds a Ph.D. in Human Geography.