Who we are

Policy Research Institute for Equitable Development (PRIED) is an independent public interest think-tank registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). We develop evidence-based research to contribute towards a sustainable and equitable development and to make a low carbon future possible. The consultancy services we provide include:

  • Producing high quality research to partake in and promote a global discourse on transition to renewable sources of energy;
  • Institutionalizing interaction between all energy sector stakeholders in Pakistan, including legislators, policymakers, private businesses, social activists, non-government organizations, academia and think-tanks;
  • Providing regulatory input, policy critique and research support to the parliament, government departments, aid organizations and international financial institutions;
  • Organizing events for networking and information-sharing.
PRIED has inherited the institutional legacy of an Islamabad-based non-governmental organization, Rural Development Policy Institute (RDPI), which had a diverse portfolio of work including energy, climate justice, local development and disaster mitigation in the 2000s and 2010s.
  • Vision

    Every Pakistani enjoys equal access to renewable, reliable and affordable sources of energy.

  • Mission

    To accelerate Pakistan’s transition from fossil fuels and large hydroelectric projects to renewable sources of energy and to ensure economic, social and climatic justice during this transition.

What we do

  • Research

    PRIED carries out evidence-based and actionable research on economic, social and environmental effects of the government policies in energy sector. This research seeks to find empirical data and evidence from the ground and then formulates its findings in such a way that it can be used for practical purposes such as policy advocacy and policy reforms. We have successfully conducted multiple research studies on topics as diverse as the social, economic and environmental impacts of coal mining and coal-based power generation on local communities in Thar, financial hurdles that rooftop solar power installation faces and the solarization of high loss electricity feeders in Karachi.

  • Collaboration

    PRIED is a founder and active member of the Alliance for Climate Justice and Clean Energy (ACJCE), a civil society network that endeavors to divert Pakistan from fossil-fuel-based energy production. The alliance, simultaneously, advocates for the adoption of such clean and renewable sources of energy that are socially suitable, economically affordable and environmentally sustainable. PRIED is also the founding member of RE Coalition, a network of research organizations working for the promotion of renewable energy in Pakistan. We are working in close collaboration with a number of regional and global partners and allies too.

  • Advocacy

    PRIED regularly engages with legislators, policymakers, aid organizations and international financial institutions in order to facilitate and promote policies that ensure an equitable and sustainable development in energy sector. The most important means that it employs for this is in-person consultations and meetings where information, knowledge, and ideas are exchanged freely and candidly. Alongside public interactions, we also use closed-door parleys. Together, these two modes of interaction help PRIED contribute meaningfully in policy planning, policy critique, policy coordination and policy implementation.

  • Outreach

    PRIED engages regularly with reporters, editors, filmmakers and social media content creators to ensure that our research and advocacy work are carried to a wide audience. This engagement helps us develop media literacy about energy transition and climate justice as well as create public awareness about the impacts of fossil-fuel-based energy production and initiate a media discourse on the urgent need for a transition to renewable energy. It also enables us to highlight the flaws and failures of the government’s energy policies and underscore the importance of providing climate justice to the victims of those policies.