Okapi is collaborating with the Centre for Urbanization, Buildings and Environment (CUBE) at IIT Madras and with Fields of View on an 18-month project that combines sound technical research and participatory simulation modeling to develop strategies for integrated governance.
The project purpose is to demonstrate how a more coordinated and collaborative process of decision-making can be designed to better deal with the intersecting challenges of urban development, water and waste management in Metropolitan Chennai. Lessons learnt will offer a strategic blueprint for Chennai and other cities across India interested in fostering integrated governance for meeting sustainable development goals.
The project has been ongoing since September 18th, 2017 when a "kick-off" meeting was organized by the Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board, a supporting agency, under the Chairmanship of the Principal Secretary/Commissioner, Revenue Administration and Disaster Management and Mitigation Department, Mr. K. Satyagopal.
Two sets of workshops were also held, one in December 2017 and the second in January 2018. The workshops brought together government officials from the planning, water and waste sectors to engage in exercises and discussions designed to bring out the governance challenges and problems as defined by each respective department, with analysis around causalities, relevance and dynamics, as well as stakeholder maps. The workshops were facilitated by Fields of View and organized and hosted by the Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board under the Chairmanship of the Member Secretary, State Planning Commission.
A steering committee meeting was also held on December 18th, 2017 at the IIT Madras campus. Participants included the Okapi, CUBE and Fields of View teams, as well as representatives from the three project supporting agencies: Cholamandalam Trust, Tamil Nadu Land Use Research Board and Tata Trust.