The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) was founded in August 1992 as a result of a recommendation by the Pakistan National Conservative Strategy to conduct research and give policy advice on issues relating to sustainable development in Pakistan. While working on issues of human security, SDPI also realises the significance of peacebuilding in Pakistan and South Asia.
The ongoing Peace Studies Program of SDPI is based on engaging with Bangladesh to build scholarship and encourage dialogue between the two countries. Previous projects under the Peace Studies Program include:
- Human Security in South Asia: Discourse, Practice and Policy Propositions;
- Peace and Conflict Zones;
- Collection of partition stories/oral history of partition in two districts of Punjab; and
- Contribution of Pakistani women’s movement to peace;
In 2008, SDPI organised an “Immersion Course on Peace, Violence and Development: Analytical and Conceptual Capacity Building in Research” for organisations and individuals working in the area of peacebuilding and development in Pakistan. SDPI has been active in encouraging dialogue on issues relating to peace through its regular seminars.