The Blueprint is where we develop a framework for solutions. This typically involves in-depth research, analysis and interviews to find the best possible solutions to solve for the institutional voids we have identified.

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
Strengthening the Institutional Framework for In-Use Vehicle Emissions Testing

Client - Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation

Okapi worked with TERI and the Shakti 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.

Public Private Partnerships: Designing for Flexibility

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.

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.

Institutions for Transport Governance

Client - Prime Minister's National Transport Development Policy Committee

Okapi experts drafted background papers, case studies, and analysis of institutional design options for national, state, and urban transport governance in India. Our contribution to the Committee's report considered various aspects of governance, from strategic planning to public investment monitoring.

Metrics, Monitoring and Motivation: Contracting for Solid Waste Management Services in Chennai

Client - IIHS

Writing a case study on contract design for solid waste management concessions in Chennai. The report focuses closely on strategies for specifying, monitoring, and rewarding performance in order to ensure service quality as well as compliance with environmental norms in a sustainable partnership

Indo-California Air Pollution Mitigation Program

Client - UC San Diego

Okapi experts worked with an interdisciplinary group of researchers and policymakers from The Energy And Resources Institute (Delhi), California Air Resources Board, University of California, San Diego, and various state governments in India to develop an action plan for reducing transport-related air pollution. Okapi's contribution focused on institutional design for implementing the recommended policy and governance measures

Clean Cooking Innovation

Client - World Bank Group

Okapi is working with The World Bank, Tata Trusts, and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to design a hybrid inducement prize and incubator to promote the development of a low-emission user-friendly, rapidly deployable, biomass stove. While there are are many options for cooking, biomass remains an important fuel source across much of India and there is substantial room to use it in a cleaner, more efficient way.

Clean Cooking Innovation: Private Sector Capacity

Client - World Bank Group

The project analyses the actual and latent private sector capacity to contribute to a widespread shift in cooking practices in India.

Development Roadmap: Mini Grid Interconnection

Client - Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation and Asha Impact Trust

Okapi has undertaken a project with the support of the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation and the Asha Impact Trust to develop a roadmap for interconnection of decentralized renewable energy (DRE) mini grids with the national grid, in order to move toward an integrated electricity system that can better serve energy-deprived regions of India. The project includes extensive stakeholder consultations with both public and private sector stakeholders along with analysis of recent policy and regulatory developments, with a focus on understanding the various models of interconnection and the associated techno-commercial challenges and opportunities.

Beyond Off Grid: Integrating Mini Grids with India's Evolving Electricity System

Client - Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, Asha Impact and The Rockefeller 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 mini-grids, often based on renewable energy (solar or biomass). This report addresses the policy, regulatory, and market infrastructure needed for these two sets of electricity providers- ESCOs and the national grid – to co-exist and collaborate to accelerate energy access.