Okapi's Chennai team and local partners have been out in the field since spring collecting data and conducting in-depth interviews with flood-affected businesses and households in Chennai to identify ways that public, private, and philanthropic initiatives can a) help limit the immediate damage from environmental shocks like excess rainfall; and b) contribute to faster recovery and lesser long-run impact from the damage that does occur. We are grateful to Mercy Corps International and the International Growth Centre for their support and insights on the projects.
Okapi contributed a white paper on Institutional Design for Flexible Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in India to the Kelkar Committee on PPPs. The paper, which reviews international experience in PPP project and contract designs that enable partners to adjust to changing circumstances, is available here for comment - and comments are welcome. The full Committee Report has just been released. We look forward to developing these ideas and contributing to building capacity for innovative PPP approaches over the coming years.
Following up on our earlier roadmap for accelerating access to biomass stoves that lower emissions enough to make a dent in health, Okapi is working with Tata Trust, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, and the World Bank Group's Asia Sustainable Energy and Alternative Energy (ASTAE) Program to develop a blueprint for a hybrid inducement prize and incubation program to support development of a user-friendly, reasonably priced, ultra-low-emission biomass stove. We're wrapping up research and consultations now, so look for a draft soon!