OKAPI
Ecosystem Audit
The first of Okapi's 3 main service areas maps out ecosystems to identify players, institutions, current policies and practices. The ecosystem audit is a powerful tool to help us identify institutional voids and start developing a strong foundation for frameworks to solutions.
People
Projects

Jessica Seddon

Founder & Managing Director

Auralice Graft

Expert in sustainable waste management at community and urban scales

Anjali Neelakantan

Senior Research Associate

Amber Luong

Lead Researcher - Infrastructure and Environment

Geetanjali Shahi

Senior Research Associate

Charis Idicheria

Business Resilience; Informal Work

Ayushman Banerjee

Senior Research Associate

Seema Kumar

Senior Research Associate

Bhavay Sharma

Senior Research Associate

Krishna Kumar

Senior Research Associate
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.



Social Impact Ecosystem Assessment: South Asia


Client - British Council

Working with Social Life, a UK based social enterprise consultancy to assess the stake stock of the ecosystems across four South Asian countries and identify opportunities for knowledge exchange between the UK and South Asia’s to inform the development of the social economy in both regions.



Social Enterprise Futures: Low Cost Healthcare


Client - Villgro, International Development Research Centre

Futures research project carried out with the Villgro Innovations Foundation, the IIT Madras Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre, and Dhoopa Ventures. The report looks a emerging opportunities for social entrepreneurs to contribute to the quality, variety, and reach of health and wellness services for low-income Indian households.



Food, Agriculture and Nutrition


Client - Institute of Development Studies, UK and M S Swaminathan Foundation

The overall purpose of this study is to enable politically and scientifically informed debates for a new Food, Agriculture and Nutrition innovation policy framework in India. The project is supported under the new international research partnership on "Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia" (LANSA)



SAARC Regional Assessment: Social Entrepreneurship in Health, Energy, Agriculture


Client - The World Bank

Study maps and analyzes the ecosystem and emerging opportunities for social impact through entrepreneurship in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal.



Local Economic Development in South Asia


Client - Commonwealth Forum of Local Governments

Report reviews the national context, policies and practical experiences of local governments’ role in local economic development activities across Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.



Building the Jobs Ecosystem in Renewable Energy


Client - World Resources Institute

The promise of renewable energy (RE) in reducing poverty and promoting new employment opportunities is often spoken of as one of the many benefits of renewable energy, alongside improving energy security, enhancing energy access, and mitigating climate change, among others, especially for countries such as India. A collaboration between Okapi Research & Advisory and World Resources Institute, the RE Growth: Broadening Poverty Reduction Impacts in India Report seeks to understand opportunities for poverty reduction through employment generation along the RE supply chain. Based on an analysis of various RE-based programs and policies developed in India and a set of interviews with policy makers, program developers, training institutes, RE sector employers and employees, the Report defines and assesses the ecosystem around RE, evaluates the extent to which it supports the generation of “good jobs” in low-income areas and for low-income people and identifies ways to accelerate good job generation that results in sustainable poverty reduction. The Report aims to build an evidence base that will contribute to designing the larger ecosystem around RE programs and initiatives to accelerate poverty impacts through its supply chain.



SME Clean Energy Innovation Ecosystem Mapping Study in India: Understanding Financial and Technical Barriers, the Role of Ecosystem Actors and How to Strengthen the Ecosystem


Client - WWF India

Clean energy innovation will play an important role in enabling India to secure much-needed energy access, economic growth and development while avoiding increasing air and climate-affecting emissions. This innovation must also be inclusive, in the sense not only of its fruits being made available to a wide range of individuals, households, and businesses; but also in the sense of it being shaped by and benefiting a wide range of suppliers including domestic small and medium enterprises. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are a major resource to marshal toward technology and business model innovation that enables wider availability of clean energy. A collaboration between WWF-India and Okapi, this Study seeks to Identify challenges and opportunities in the clean energy innovation ecosystem particularly for SMEs in order to better understand the key elements of the innovation ecosystem around SMEs addressing clean energy in India and the broader dynamics of this ecosystem. The ecosystem mapping analysis aspect of this Study will help policy makers, the finance community (government and private), and innovators better understand the key challenges faced by the SME sector, who the key actors are regionally and nationally, and how they can connect with and support innovators.