Academic Outreach & Engagement
The Case of SDPI
Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad
March 2014
2
Outline
Think tanks
in Pakistan
Think tank –
University
Collaboration
• SDPI MoUs with
Universities
Regional
Initiatives...
Work close to
both government
and community
Gaps between
government and
community
Specific issue
depending upon
political ...
4
Think Tanks in Pakistan
How they are
different from
universities?
3 core
activities of
think tanks
Elevator pitch
Build
government’s
capacity
Pull and
push
strategies
for reforms
Demand
and supply
for research
5
Helping the Government
6
7
Think – Tank University Collaboration
• HEC Framework
• Working on geographical niche
– UAF – SDPI on agriculture trade ...
8
Regional Initiatives
Track-II diplomacy: Making Pakistan Regionally Relevant
South Asia
Economic
Summit
Sri Lanka:
Institute of
Policy
Studies
Bangladesh:
Center for
Policy
Dialogue
India:
Research
a...
• South Asia Free Trade
Agreement (SAFTA)
• Regional trade agreements
• Transit trade agreements
• Energy corridor negotia...
11
Faculty Development
Sabbatical
arrangements
at SDPI with
linkages at:
Planning
Commission
Ministry of
Commerce
Ministry
of
Finance
Ministry of...
University-
led
sessions
University
of Zurich
South Asia
University
United
Nations
University
Boston
University
London
Sch...
University –
Think tanks
Joint
Proposals
IDRC Canada
ESRC UK
Academy of
Sciences
China
US State
Department
SAARC
Human
Res...
Center for Capacity
Building
NGOs
Policy research &
advocacy
Universities
Executive trainings for
university support staff...
16
For the Students…
• Summer Camp Initiative
– Research
– Communications
• SDPI-IDRC Fellowships
• Placements and Job Fai...
You have strong urge to
remain policy-relevant
You wish to work closely
with both government and
communities
At the end of...
• Why policy makers do not act?
– Rent seeking
– Fear of losing votes
– Lack of demand for reforms
• How to convince polic...
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Academic outreach & engagement

  1. 1. Academic Outreach & Engagement The Case of SDPI Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad March 2014
  2. 2. 2 Outline Think tanks in Pakistan Think tank – University Collaboration • SDPI MoUs with Universities Regional Initiatives Faculty Development Student Engagement
  3. 3. Work close to both government and community Gaps between government and community Specific issue depending upon political economy Produce evidence-based research Official data Researcher’s own data Evaluation of program implementation Communicating evidence Policy advocacy Branding of policy issues 3 How think tanks work?
  4. 4. 4 Think Tanks in Pakistan How they are different from universities? 3 core activities of think tanks Elevator pitch
  5. 5. Build government’s capacity Pull and push strategies for reforms Demand and supply for research 5 Helping the Government
  6. 6. 6
  7. 7. 7 Think – Tank University Collaboration • HEC Framework • Working on geographical niche – UAF – SDPI on agriculture trade with India – IMSciences – SDPI on business in conflict areas • Collaboration venues – Implementing sustainable development (AAWAZ Programme)
  8. 8. 8 Regional Initiatives Track-II diplomacy: Making Pakistan Regionally Relevant
  9. 9. South Asia Economic Summit Sri Lanka: Institute of Policy Studies Bangladesh: Center for Policy Dialogue India: Research and Information Systems Nepal: South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics & Environment Afghanistan: Afghanistan Research Evaluation Unit 9 South Asian Davos
  10. 10. • South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) • Regional trade agreements • Transit trade agreements • Energy corridor negotiations • SAARC Food Bank • Indo-Pak Water Dialogue Regional policy research and advocacy initiatives 10
  11. 11. 11 Faculty Development
  12. 12. Sabbatical arrangements at SDPI with linkages at: Planning Commission Ministry of Commerce Ministry of Finance Ministry of Water and Power Ministry of Food Security and Research Ministry of Climate Change 12 Visiting Fellowship
  13. 13. University- led sessions University of Zurich South Asia University United Nations University Boston University London School of Economics University of Laval Theme: Pathways to Sustainable Development • Key partners: HEC, UN, World Bank, ADB, IDRC, UK DFID, USAID, Chambers of Commerce, Media • Dates: 9-11th December 2014 • Venue: SDPI, Islamabad • Hosted 3200 guests at 16th SDC. Attended by President of Pakistan and 7 Federal Ministers 13 17th Sustainable Development Conference
  14. 14. University – Think tanks Joint Proposals IDRC Canada ESRC UK Academy of Sciences China US State Department SAARC Human Resource Development Centre Sustainable Development Solutions Network 14 Joint “Policy” Research
  15. 15. Center for Capacity Building NGOs Policy research & advocacy Universities Executive trainings for university support staff Chambers of Commerce University – industry nexus 15 “Niche” Capacity Development
  16. 16. 16 For the Students… • Summer Camp Initiative – Research – Communications • SDPI-IDRC Fellowships • Placements and Job Fairs • Taught courses via Web-ex • Engagement via social media – Students respond more to twitter and facebook
  17. 17. You have strong urge to remain policy-relevant You wish to work closely with both government and communities At the end of the day you wish to preserve your identity as an academic 17 Why work for a think tank?
  18. 18. • Why policy makers do not act? – Rent seeking – Fear of losing votes – Lack of demand for reforms • How to convince policy makers? – Social accountability – Working with civil servants (Finding Champions) • Branding the problem – Allows politicians to take credit • Partners in reform – Media (social media?) – Local community – Business Community 18 Value of Academic Advice
  19. 19. www.sdpi.org, www.sdpi.tv Thank You
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