SDPI is a policy research institute and the oldest civil society, non-profit think tank in Pakistan, which produces knowledge on sustainable development to enhance the capacity of government, and private sector in making informed policy decisions and to engage local communities on issues of public interest. SDPI in collaboration with various knowledge partners has conducted in-depth research on the prevalent social enterprise policy landscape in Pakistan. The research suggested that urgent policy interventions are required to provide an enabling environment and a level playing field for social entrepreneurs in the country. Fiscal policy measures are also required to bring down the cost of doing social business for the welfare of the poorest of the poor. SDPI has initiated a series of consultative meetings to frame pre-budget recommendations particularly those relating to de facto policy and tax regime faced by social enterprises and submit our suggestions to the Ministry of Finance, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP), State Bank of Pakistan, Planning Commission and relevant provincial departments by mid of April 2017.
Ms. Rabia Shoaib Ahmed was invited as a distinguished panellist at the consultative meeting on 1st of February 2017 at SDPI Conference hall to provide her valuable input for the desired budget related matters. Having directly involved in the providing a platform to the aspiring social entrepreneurs, she is well versed with the financial problems faced by the new entrants. Her valuable insight in the matter of forming a conductive environment for these entrepreneurs were welcomed and duly noted.