Who we are

Policy Research Institute for Equitable Development (PRIED) is a for profit think-tank registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan as a private company limited by liability. Its core staff comprises of a highly qualified group of people who come from diverse professional backgrounds such as research, journalism, activism and social mobilization.
Its work is focused on:

  • Producing evidence-based, actionable research
  • Recommending and advocating policy changes based upon its research
  • Engaging with policymakers to put its research into action
  • Collaborating with corporate sector, non-government organizations, academia and think-tanks to facilitate the transition to clean energy and to ensure climate justice
  • Collaborating with news media to create and promote literacy about the transition to clean energy and climate justice.

Based in Islamabad, PRIED evolved from a non-governmental organization, Rural Development Policy Institute (RDPI), which has a diverse portfolio of work including energy transition, climate justice, local development and disaster mitigation.

  • Vision

    To bring about equitable development in Pakistan and make its marginalized communities an integral part of its development policies and practices.

  • Mission

    • To accelerate the phasing out of fossil fuels and expedite the shift towards renewable energy sources
    • To put economic, social and environmental justice at the center of the transition to clean energy.

What we do

  • Research

    PRIED carries out research on economic, social and environmental effects of energy sector’s policies. We have so far successfully conducted multiple research studies on different topics around energy sector which highlights various adverse impacts of energy policies on local communities and issues being faced in making a transition to clean energy.

  • Collaborations and alliances

    PRIED is one of the founders and an active member of Alliance for Climate Justice and Clean Energy (ACJCE), which is a civil society network endeavoring for a transition in Pakistan’s energy sector. The work of alliance revolves around diverting the country from dirty fossil-fuel-based energy production and advocating the adoption of clean and renewable sources of energy which are socially compatible, economically affordable and environmentally sustainable.

  • Policy advocacy

    PRIED regularly engages with decision-making authorities to introduce favorable policies for equitable development. Parliamentary Caucus is one such initiative of PRIED, through which we invite parliamentarians and engage with them to improve policy coordination on issues of people affected by energy policies, matters of renewable energy and climate justice. Through this caucus, we aim to promote a cross-party critique and prompt a discussion within the parliament over existing policies on renewable energy and climate justice and improve the existing legislation on renewable energy and climate justice.

  • Outreach and engagement

    We engage regularly with reporters, editors, filmmakers, and social media content creatures to take our research and advocacy work to broader audiences. This helps us create awareness about the impacts of fossil-fuel energy, initiate a discourse on the urgency to transition to clean energy, highlight the importance of climate justice to the victims of bad energy policies and point out gaps between policy and practices in the energy sector.