Through the work in our resilience portfolio, we study ways in which to improve the capacities of individuals, households, businesses and communities to respond to economic and climate driven disruptions. By creating comprehensive ecosystem maps and audits of specific industries and sectors, we seek to design transformative solutions and platforms that bring together public and private sector stakeholders, alongside the communities in which they operate. Our goal is to continue to innovate and identify relevant, sustainable and realistic responses to risks that harm livelihoods.
In partnership with Mercy Corps International, Okapi conducted a landscape scale study on risk and resilience in Assam's tea industry. The study identifies how tea cultivators in upper Assam perceive, rank and respond to natural, economic, social and political shocks and stresses. We recommend strategies and identify opportunities to enhance the resilience of Assam's tea industry with a focus on worker wellbeing; work transitions; and mechanisms for collective learning and adaptation.
This project will explore policy and implementation strategies for reducing the livelihoods disruptions associated with resettlement. It will use a combination of surveys and focus group discussions to a) understand employment and entrepreneurship trajectories among households moved from central Chennai to resettlement sites on the periphery of the metropolitan areas; b) identify the specific challenges and potential opportunities that geographic relocation create; and c) develop a better understanding of the actual and potential effectiveness of strategies to minimize the disruption to liveli
Okapi undertook a system analysis of the infrastructure and business climate factors that contributed to the socio-economic impact of Chennai's 2015 flooding on micro, small, and medium enterprises. The project identified a number of short, medium, and long-term actions that policymakers, regulators, business associations, and individual firms could take to build greater resilience to future natural shocks. The project was supported by Mercy Corps International and we worked closely with Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the TANSTIA-FNF Service Centre to identify and interview firms.