The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) provides the global sustainable development community with representation from Pakistan as well as South Asia as a whole. The Institute's mission is: "To catalyse the transition towards sustainable development, defined as the enhancement of peace, social justice and well-—being, within and across generations". The think tank is based in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Lauder Institute thinks it is one of top 15 research institute's in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
SDPI was founded in August 1992 on the recommendation of the Pakistan National Conservation Strategy (NCS), also called Pakistan’s Agenda 21. The NCS placed Pakistan’s socio-economic development within the context of a national environmental plan. This highly acclaimed document, approved by the Federal Cabinet in March 1992, outlined the need for an independent non-profit organization to serve as a source of expertise for policy analysis and development, policy intervention, and policy and program advisory services. SDPI is registered under the Societies Registration Act, XXI of 1860.
|Sustainable Development Policy Institute|
|Motto||To catalyse the transition towards sustainable development, defined as the enhancement of peace, social justice and well-being, within and across generations.|
|Legal status||research, reporting and implementation|
Dr. Tariq Banoori was the founding Executive Director of SDPI. He served from 1992-1997 Dr. Shah Rukh Rafi Khan succeeded Dr. Banoori and served as Executive Director from 1997-2002 Dr. Saba Gul Khattak, currently member National Planning Commission Pakistan, headed SDPI from 2002-2007 Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri current Executive Director of SDPI took over from Dr. Khattak in 2007.
These goals reflect the main axes of our work; the means through which we effect change.
The Institute's activities are designed to provide:
The research program at SDPI drives the three main activities of policy advice, advocacy and training.
1. Research An effective and viable institution conducting independent research on sustainable development
2. Advocacy Creation of broad awareness of, and active support for, sustainable development in government, the private sector, NGOs, academia and the general public
3. Policy Advice Improved sustainable development policy in government, private and NGO sectors
4. Capacity Building/Training Provision of high quality training to public and private organizations, NGOs and individuals to strengthen institutions and build capacity for sustainable development
SDPI defines sustainable development as the enhancement of peace, social justice and well-being within and across generations. 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 xxx 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. We welcome your views and any inquiries you may have on our () website and/or organization as a whole.
According to a research report published by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Programme (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania that Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) have clinched position among top 20 think thanks of the world, SDPI was ranked 15.