The Latest

Our latest report: Building Business Resilience: MSME Perspectives is OUT! See the full version and an executive summary here. The report is a culmination of months in-depth interviews with flood-affected businesses, experts, policymakers, and analysis 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. Thanks to Mercy Corps International, TANSTIA-FNF Service Centre, Nurture Trust, and Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry for support and partnership.

Stay tuned for the next report in the series - on Entrepreneurship & Employment after Resettlement - coming later this year. 

Pollution Under Control?

Ever wonder how those Pollution Under Control certificates get awarded? Or how the process might be strengthened to keep pollution a little more under control? Okapi's report (with TERI and the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation) on the institutional regime for inspection and maintenance of in-use vehicles is now out. Read it here.

Complex & Common: Accelerating Innovation in Biomass Cookstoves

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! And for more of our work on innovation and entrepreneurship see here.

Okapi Out and About

Okapia (that's the plural of Okapi) will be out and about discussing our work in January and February. The Energy & Environment team is holding a workshop on Air Quality Measurement, Modeling, and Pollution Source Insight: Potential Roles for Low-Cost Sensors as part of our ongoing work on science as a catalyst for informed debate and action. Lead Researcher Charis Idicheria will be speaking at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Social Media and Disaster Relief conference in Mumbai on Jan 23-24. Managing Director Jessica Seddon will be speaking at the SIX-NESTA Wayfinder Conference in London in mid-February. You can also catch her fortnightly columns in Mint here