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URBAN TRANSFORMATION

Okapi’s Urban Transformation portfolio is sensitive to the need for collective and strategic action for a more sustainable urban future that fosters urban growth while paying attention to cities’ social and environmental concerns. With that inspiration, we design, pilot, and develop blueprints of innovative institutional solutions for complex urban problems. In this effort, we draw upon critical and innovative social-scientific research techniques to enable governments, industries, and communities to foster more sustainable urban quality of life for all. Okapi experts have extensive research and consulting experience working in India and internationally on diverse urban challenges and opportunities. This work ranges across urban planning, civic-engagement, e-governance, transportation, solid waste, energy, water, and green space management.

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UP-AGrI
CLIENT - IIHS

Welcome! As part of the Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture as Green Infrastructure (UP-AGrI) project, we are helping our collaborators - IIHS, IITM and APU to conduct a survey on urban farming in India. The survey includes questions on your demographic information, location, farming/gardening practices, and perceptions of benefits from urban farming. All responses will be coded, so the information you provide will remain anonymous. Data from this research will be reported only in aggregate in the form of scientific reports (e.g., journal articles, maps, and policy notes).We kindly request you to

CLIENT - Azim Premji University

The December 2015 flood is a significant event in Chennai’s water history. Not only did this unprecedented event cause significant damage to life and property, bringing the city to a standstill for almost a week, it also put the spotlight on the need for better and more coordinated water management. The recognition of this need was amplified in the subsequent years when Chennai faced a succession of disasters namely, Cyclone Vardha in 2016 and severe drought thereafter until recently (2019), and is likely to become more critical with aggravated risks due to climate change. Indeed, Chenn

CLIENT - Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board , Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company, Limited (Chola) , IIT Madras Alumni Association of North America (IITMAANA)

Okapi collaborated with the Centre for Urbanization, Buildings and Environment (CUBE) at IIT Madras and Fields of View on a project that combined sound technical research and participatory simulation modelling to develop strategies for integrated governance around land-use, waste and water.With an aim to foster more holistic and informed urban governance, this project, was an effort to develop an integrated platform for decision making and planning to bring all relevant stakeholders and interest groups together. The proposed model of integrated governance was envisaged at two levels: Integrat

CLIENT - Kelkar Committee on PPPs

Background paper on institutional design options to enable more flexible PPP contracts that are better able to survive negative shocks and capture value from positive surprises. 

CLIENT - Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation

India has ambitious targets for providing electrification to all its villages by May 2018 and 24x7 power to all households by March 2019. Part of this goal will be achieved by expansion of the national grid, as well as the amount of power that flows through it. But it will also require an expansion of off-grid electricity provided by private energy service companies (ESCOs). These companies, often small and medium enterprises operating in rural areas with unreliable or no grid electricity, provide a range of services from generation and distribution to user services and maintenance through mi

CLIENT - Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation

Okapi worked with TERI and the Shakthi Sustainable Energy Foundation to analyse the institutional framework for vehicle emissions testing at the national and state level in India. We developed a variety of institutional design upgrades to strengthen the in-use inspection and maintenance regime.