With the increasing focus on decentralized and non-sewer options for the provision of sustainable sanitation infrastructure and services it has become imperative to address all components of the sanitation service chain, in particular decentralized systems, to design and implement sound business models with a robust financing and cost recovery plan. The Institute of Water Management (IWMI) hired Okapi on a short term assignment for its sustainable urban sanitation program to develop a robust, flexible and scaleable financial model within the scope of the Public-Private-Partnership arch
In partnership with Mercy Corps International, Okapi conducted a landscape scale study on risk and resilience in Assam's tea industry. The study identifies how tea cultivators in upper Assam perceive, rank and respond to natural, economic, social and political shocks and stresses. We recommend strategies and identify opportunities to enhance the resilience of Assam's tea industry with a focus on worker wellbeing; work transitions; and mechanisms for collective learning and adaptation.
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 ac
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.
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 analysi
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)
This 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.
This study maps and analyzes the ecosystem and emerging opportunities for social impact through entrepreneurship in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
Futures research project carried out with the Villgro Innovations Foundation, the IIT Madras Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre, and Dhoopa Ventures. The report looks at emerging opportunities for social entrepreneurs to contribute to the quality, variety, and reach of health and wellness services for low-income Indian households.