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Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC)

  • Country: Karachi, Pakistan
  • Date Established: 1995
  • Executive Director: Khalida Ghaus
  • Research areas: Development, Economics, Governance, Social Policy
SPDC aims to build on its credibility as one of Pakistan’s leading policy research organizations. Our evidence-based research informs policy-making through quality advice, and capacity development of mid-level policymakers, resulting in more informed debate on macroeconomic and social policies to make them pro-poor, gender-sensitive, and environmentally sustainable.

The Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC) is a non-profit, policy research institute that provides independent reviews of social policies in Pakistan. SPDC‘s main areas of research are poverty, inequality, governance, provincial finances, gender issue, and macroeconomic policy.

SPDC provides decision makers in the government, private sector and civil society with research and policy advice based on a multi-disciplinary approach towards issues of development and growth. It undertakes research and policy analyses on both core and emerging issues related to social sectors in Pakistan provides policy advice and technical assistance in social service planning and delivery, contributes to increased knowledge and awareness of social development issues through wider and well-targeted dissemination of research findings; and contributes and encourages gendered interpretation of all developmental issues.

SPDC collaborates and cooperates with other organizations working on issues relevant to its mandate both at home and abroad. At the same time, it determines its own agenda and has successfully maintained its independence and a balance between responsive and proactive social sector research. It is considered one of Pakistan’s most outstanding research policy institutions in the field of public policy analysis and social sector development. It has made a significant intellectual contribution to placing issues of pro-poor growth and social development on Pakistan's policy-making agenda.