OKAPI
Building MSME Resilience
Okapi's work in resilience is centered around working with small and growing businesses, policymakers and communities to ensure that ecosystems have the necessary systems and resources in place to adapt and recover in the face of change.
People
Projects

Jessica Seddon

Founder & Managing Director

Auralice Graft

Expert in sustainable waste management at community and urban scales

Anjali Neelakantan

Senior Research Associate

Charis Idicheria

Business Resilience; Informal Work
Building Urban Resilience: MSME Perspectives


Client - Mercy Corps International

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.



Moving Around: Strategies for Minimizing Livelihoods Shocks After Resettlement


Client - International Growth Centre (IGC)

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 livelihoods that relocation is generally associated with.