Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)

Image Credit: 
Curt Carnemark - World Bank
Islamabad, Pakistan
Date Established: 
Environment & Natural Resources
Food & Agriculture
Social Policy
Think Tank Website: 
Abid Suleri
Executive Director
SDPI is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. We will have to beat our own track record of bridging research policy gaps for our silver jubilee, especially through devising strategies for sustainable development beyond Rio+20 and beyond the MDGs.

The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is an independent non-profit organization that serves as a forum for policy dialogue and provides policy advice to the government. Its research projects focus on five core areas: governance, environment, global and rural livelihoods, human development, and information and communications.

SDPI produces knowledge that can enhance the capacity of government to make informed policy decisions and to engage civil society on issues of public interest. The Institute acts as both a generator of original research on sustainable development issues and as an information resource for concerned individuals and institutions. SDPI’s function is thus two-fold: an advisory role fulfilled through research, policy advice and advocacy; and an enabling role realised through providing other individuals and organizations with resource materials and training.

SDPI's Center for Capacity Building (CCB), an integral unit of the Institute, addresses the recognized need to provide high quality training to the public, private and NGO sector organizations and individuals to build their capacity for sustainable development. Since it was established in 1998, the CCB has trained more than 6000 individuals, including more than 1,000 women. More than 215 organizations and partners have benefited from its trainings/workshops including NGOs, private organizations and public sector organizations. Each year, the Center prepares and implements a calendar consisting of about 25 to 30 short generic and specialized research courses.

Research Areas: 
Livelihoods in Conflict Areas
Challenges of Devolution (Governance)
Measuring Illegal Economy of Pakistan
Climate Change
Energy and Water Issues
Transition from Rural to Peri Urbanization
Poverty and Social Impact Analysis