Okapi is conducting a qualitative research study to understand the disaster vulnerability of Chennai’s homeless people.As Chennai strives to become more equitable and better prepared for future disasters, the city needs to accommodate the needs of the most marginalized group – i.e. the homeless – in its disaster mitigation and response plans. This is possible only by involving communities in the process of identifying vulnerabilities, planning for better access to resources, and co-developing disaster response plans. Therefore, the goal of this project is to develop a community-based, th
Okapi is collaborated with Resilient Chennai and 100 Resilient Cities by Rockefeller Foundation, to develop Chennai's Resilient Strategy.In 2014, Chennai was selected as one of the second cohort of cities for the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) program. Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, the 100RC program “…help(s) cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.”Chennai’s partnership with 100RC has led to the development of a ‘Resilience Strategy’ for the city. The strategy offers
Okapi is collaborating with the Centre for Urbanization, Buildings and Environment (CUBE) at IIT Madras and Fields of View on a project that combines sound technical research and participatory simulation modelling to develop strategies for integrated governance around land-use, waste and water.With an aim to foster more holistic and informed urban governance, this project, is an effort to develop an integrated platform for decision making and planning to bring all relevant stakeholders and interest groups together. The proposed model of integrated governance is envisaged at two levels: Integr
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.